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Tough & Tender
Rod Piazza
Tough & Tender
Genres: Blues, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
 
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Like a lot of jazz combos, most blues bands consist of a well known leader and whatever hot, young players are willing to work cheap that year. Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers are the exception to the rule, however, for t...  more »

      
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All Artists: Rod Piazza
Title: Tough & Tender
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Label: Tone Cool
Release Date: 7/8/1997
Genres: Blues, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
Styles: Chicago Blues, Electric Blues, Modern Blues, Harmonica Blues, Pop Rap
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 699675111021, 734047116522, 734047116546

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Like a lot of jazz combos, most blues bands consist of a well known leader and whatever hot, young players are willing to work cheap that year. Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers are the exception to the rule, however, for the singer/harmonica player/leader has worked with pianist Honey Piazza (his wife) and bassist Bill Stuve for more than 20 years. When longtime guitarist Alex Schultz left in 1995, Rod replaced him with Rick "L.A. Holmes" Holmstrom, a bandleader himself; longtime drummer Jimi Bott was replaced by seasoned L.A. veteran Steve Mugalian. The high standards and stability of the ensemble pay off on Tough and Tender, the quintet's first studio album in five years, for the swinging syncopation in these West Coast blues is as impressive as the solos. With the exception of one Holmstrom instrumental, all the tunes on Tough and Tender were written by Rod and/or Honey. The songs aren't very distinctive or original, but they serve their purpose as platforms for the playing. Rod gets such a fat, blustery tone from his mouth harp that it often sounds like an R&B saxophone, albeit with more vocal-like phrasing. Honey's two-fisted boogie-woogie piano surrounds the melody line in bee-like swarms of harmony, and Holmstrom's clean, percussive guitar fills remind one of Charles Brown's piano work. If the material isn't memorable, the performances are. --Geoffrey Himes

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CD Reviews

Foot tapping, lip whistlin', rocking blues that grabs you!
03/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first heard Rod and Honey Piazza and Rick Holmes in San Francisco, and became an instant fan. Theirs is a style of blues music that is unique. Rod's harmonica sounds like an organ, and there is simply NOT a better boogey woogey pianist than Honey. Add L.A. Holmes' guitar and you have a foot stomping, lip whistling, rocking style of blues that grabs you and won't let go. I guarantee you will play this one over and over and over and over......."
IMPOSSIBLE TO STOP LISTENING TO.
12/10/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"PIANO AND BASS BOOGIE DON'T COME ANY BETTER THAN THIS. IT KEEPS ALL PARTS OF YOUR BODY MOVING FROM START TO FINISH. THIS IS THE BEST OF ROD'S WORKS AND HONEY MAKES THE MOST OF IT."
ROD'S COMING OUT PARTY
Avalon Don | Huntington Beach, California United States | 06/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Some of the great harmonica players have passed on like Junior Wells and Little Walter. We are fortunate to have a legend that's living - Rod Piazza. Along with his band The Mighty Flyers, they deliver on "Tough And Tender" equalling their great live reputation in the studio. "The Flyers" general approach to the Blues is positive,fun and with a feeling and you get all that on this disc. The eleven songs are all original with the added spark coming from guitarist Rick Holmstrom, especially on "Quicksand". I also recommend searching out Piazza's session work on the Michelle Shocked song "Graffiti Limbo", you won't be disappointed."