Review: Igor Prado Band And Delta Groove All Stars – Way Down South

Posted on: Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015


Igor Prado Band And Delta Groove All Stars – Way Down South

(Delta Groove Music: DGPCD167)

Here’s another Delta Groove gem, featuring the superb Igor Prado Band, from Sao Paulo in Brazil, joined by a host of legendary blues guests including the likes of Kim Wilson, Rod Piazza, Junior Watson, Mitch Kashmar and more! Together the band and ‘All Stars’ deliver a 13-track feast of blues, blues and more blues!

The band comprise of Igor Prado (guitar and vocals), Yuri Prado (drums), Rodrigo Mantovani (bass) and Denilson Martins (saxophone) – a class outfit in their own right, who have backed many a visiting US blues act, but here boosted by the host of stellar guests, who combine to make “Way Down South” a most enjoyable experience, from start to finish.

It’s a lovely touch that the album is dedicated to the late Lynwood Slim, with whom the band worked with many times, and it is bittersweet to hear him posthumously on two tracks . . . and two belters they are . . . Lowell Fulson’s “Baby Won’t You Jump With Me”, which apart from Slim’s smooth vocal, includes lovely saxophone from Denilson Martins and piano from Ari Borger . . . with no less than Junior Watson on guitar! The other is the swinging “You Better Believe It” with fierce guitar leads from Igor Prado dominating.

The album opens in fine style with a romp through Ike Turner’s “Matchbox”, with Sugaray Rayford on vocals; it’s followed by Long John Hunter’s “Ride With Me Baby”, that sees one of two Kim Wilson vocals. Mud Morganfield – eldest son of Muddy Waters – brings authenticity like only he can to his father’s “She’s Got It”, with nice tough harmonica from Ivan Marcio.

Elsewhere standout tracks are Jimmy Rogers “What Have I Done” with guest appearance from Mitch Kashmar on vocals and trademark superb harmonica; a funky “Shake & Fingerpop” with more snarling leads from Igor Prado and Austrian Hammond B3 master Raphael Wressnig laying down the groove. West Coast harmonica ace Rod Piazza and wife, Honey, on piano, both play on a romp through Elmore James’s “Talk To Me Baby” . . . and a joy it is!

As ever with a Delta Groove record, it sounds lovely and is sure to be up amongst this year’s best ‘pure’ blues releases.


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