Review: The Jordan Patterson Band – The Back On Track Recording Project (EP)

Posted on: Saturday, Sep 13, 2014

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The Jordan Patterson Band – The Back On Track Recording Project (EP)

(Flaming Cheese Records: fc2014-0701)

After some 15 years out of the business pursuing a highly successful career in artist tour management, it is good to have harmonica player and vocalist Jordan Patterson back to his first love . . . playing the blues! This four track ‘taster’ showcases new self-penned songs, ahead of a full length new album.

Jordan Patterson recorded for JSP records and his 1996 debut featured blues legends in the late Bobby Parker and also Bobby Rush. He toured extensively at home, and also played many festivals in Europe, and has shared stages with the likes of Robert Cray, Son Seals, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and more.

He now has a new Canadian band, featuring, on this release: Darryl Romphf (guitar), Darius McKinley (bass), Benjamin Rollo (drums), and guest guitarist, Shawn Kellerman – usually to be found plying his trade with Lucky Peterson.

The four new songs feature Patterson’s strong voice and harmonica and kick off with the funky “Play My Song” that features a nagging guitar motif and is a very strong opener; the following “Don’t Take Me Down” is a more traditional blues shuffle that fairly rattles along with more fine performances from all the musicians.

The slow blues of “If You’d Help Me Please” is reminiscent of classic Chicago blues, but with a more contemporary edge to it, with some tasteful slide guitar and harmonica; the closing “Heartbreaker” is a strutting bluesy rocker, but again with a funky edge to it, and more really nice guitar work.

A really fine return to the blues for Jordan Patterson, which should ensure the forthcoming album is well worthy of a listen.

GRAHAME RHODES

www.jordanpatterson.ca

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