Jose Alvarez – Diggin In

Written by on July 15, 2010 in July 15, 2010, Music Reviews - Comments Off on Jose Alvarez – Diggin In

Jose AlvarezDiggin In is full of nice surprises for your ear. This interesting blues fusion album draws from a variety of influences as varied as latin jazz and zydeco and actually works. The zydeco is not without precedence as Alvarez has earned a Grammy for his work with Simien’s Zydeco Experience.

Fennel St. Frost and Don’t You Just Know It have almost a dub mix style with reverb heavy sound elements and a very old school John Lee Hooker style delivery. Lay For Me Sometime is primarily harmonica based. This is Pete McMahon who delivers more harp on a cover of Willie Dixon’s I’m Ready. Alvarez says of McMahon’s performance on this track, “He just sounds great. He gets so close to Little Walter.”

My favorite track on the album was the sexy Queen Bee with its Randy Newman inspired vocals from Colin Aberdeen and a zydeco backdrop of accordion by Terrance Simien with an unexpected sax instrumental very reminiscent of the E Street Band. Songs like Kaffe and Down at Turner’s Lounge are just that – lounge tracks that incorporate the sort of jam band sound you might expect from a band like The Allman Brothers, only with sudden bursts of a samba beat. Alvarez refers to this blend of blues and latin grooves as a jamarama sure to inspire a hootenanny.

Label: Toluca Rocket Music

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