is an extraordinary album of blues with an African twist. R&B singer Frankie Lee
teams up with a veteran Colorado bluesman, Dan Treanor
for a truly different blues experience.
Dan Treanor has been pleasing audiences for three decades since discovering the harmonica while on a tour of duty in Viet Nam. Treanor both collects and builds African instruments. The multi-instrumentalist plays ten of them on this session. Over the years, Dan Treanor appeared with such acts as Son Seals, Louisiana Red, George "Boogie" Daniels
and others including his musical partner on this CD. Frankie Lee
is a Texas born singer best known for his work with the Ike and Tina Turner
touring show. Lee’s classic R&B vocal style echoes his roots clearly. Now in his sixties, Frankie Lee has appeared with Big Mama Thornton, Gatemouth Brown, Al Braggs, Junior Parker, Buddy Ace
and many more. His longtime friend Albert Collins
persuaded Lee to move to California in the ‘70s and the pair left for Oakland where Frankie began recording on the Elka and Hightone labels. African Winds
is a pure blues effort in every way and the use of the African instruments enhances the entire presentation. With the single exception of Lonesome Road
, all songs are the creations of Dan Treanor and some are quite impressive. It’s safe to say that the purists among us will be happy with the resulting session.
Lee and Treanor deserve your attention with this release and I’ll bet this disk receives a lot of airplay.