Review: Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce – Live

Posted on: Sunday, Nov 9, 2014

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Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce – Live

(Independent release: SCBCD03)

Well, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this release, the band’s third, but its combination of big-voiced Sabrina, Mike Hilliard’s excellent, driving but not overly flashy guitar playing, a kicking rhythm section and some fine material certainly won me over within the first few minutes.

This is an energetic show right from the off, with mostly original material powering along and Sabrina, sweet, sultry or sassy as required on a programme of mostly original and memorable blues – even Randy Newman’s ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’ gets a blues treatment thanks to Mike’s Albert King flavoured guitar fills, and the other borrowed items – Ike Turner’s 60s soul styled ‘Strange’, Ruth Brown’s stop-time boogie-blues ‘I Can’t Hear A Word You Say’ and the slightly funkier than usual blues readings of Big Mama Thornton’s ‘Hound Dog’ and Jimmy Reed’s ‘Big Boss Man’ – show more imagination than many other cover versions.

I was surprised to see that such a big sound is courtesy of only a four piece outfit (but then again, there are elements of ZZ Top in evidence here occasionally)! Sabrina and company are based in British Columbia, Canada, and this set was recorded before a very enthusiastic audience on their home turf. If I can make this observation of an outfit who have rather more than a half century of musical experience between them, Sabrina Weeks and Swing Cat Bounce are another worthwhile addition to the growing list of excellent Canadian blues acts.

NORMAN DARWEN

www.sabrinaweeks.com

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