Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Blues, Rock
Few blues albums swing as crisply as this one. Lee Rocker's aggressive attack on the stand-up bass and the drummer's light touch on the trap drums create a slippery, snappy rhythm, and Rocker's full-bodied low tenor glides... more »
Few blues albums swing as crisply as this one. Lee Rocker's aggressive attack on the stand-up bass and the drummer's light touch on the trap drums create a slippery, snappy rhythm, and Rocker's full-bodied low tenor glides gracefully above that pulse. Though all the songs are clearly rooted in the Kansas City/Memphis blues style of the '40s and '50s (Rocker produced the album in Memphis), 10 of the 13 numbers are originals written by the band. Whether they're infectiously happy tales of newfound love (such as "Till It Hurts" or "Hear You Moan") or why-me-lord laments of lost love (such as "Ain't No Way" or "How Long"), the songs boast catchy melodies and grooves as deep as the tradition they draw upon. Guests include rockabilly legend Scotty Moore and the Memphis Horns, but Rocker's band creates plenty of sparks on their own. --Geoffrey Himes
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Clark Paull | 03/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I seen this in a used record shop, I bought it because it was someone from the Stray Cats. What I was not ready for was the strong and clear voice of Lee Rocker. Did he ever sing lead or write a song in the Cats? If not ..why not? This CD stayed in my player and has not left for 4 weeks. It makes the demise of the Cats easier, when we now have 2 good bands from the breakup. I am off to look for Rockers other Big Blue CD and the solo NO Cats.."
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Clark Paull | Murder City | 05/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The album on which the former Leon Drucker sheds the Stray Cats noose around his neck forever, "Big Blue" is an enjoyable mix of blues, swing, and (alright already!) rockabilly. Big Blue is also the name of the crack instrumental unit backing Rocker here, showing their adeptness at all of the aforementioned styles, especially on "Till It Hurts" and "The Hucklebuck." Although Brian Setzer seems to get all of the attention, Lee Rocker's Big Blue is more deserving of the accolades. A delight..."