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Zen Blues Quartet by Zen Blues Quartet

Injection of pure blues hits the surface with one spin of the new release of the Zen Blues Quartet (titled the same) from Shunyata Records. Stinging and crafty displays of a unique blues feel performed by a multi-talented group of L.A. craftsman. This jewel box will penetrate every hidden emotion you have been deprived of.

As they state no agenda no unusual effects, it’s a blues meltdown. For reasons unknown, I have to agree with them and it seems to be the way it should be.

It would be criminal to point out any one single musician on this project for without one or the other, it would not just be. Suffice to say it’s a collaborative piece of extraordinary sound for a first effort.

Johnny "Guitar" Watson’s "A Real Mother For You" is slick and a well-crafted arraignment of a master. Very smooth mix of percussion and strings within the performance.

Upbeat and out of the box comes Mel London’s "Messin With The Kid", this cut has legs and just keeps moving. The vocal performance is one of the stronger on the project. The brass goes into another dimension throughout the piece adding flair to the true blues sound.

The Zen Blues Quartet has produced a valiant and strong effort. I am very interested in what future plans these talented musicians have in store. It is refreshing to see true no nonsense craftsman go head to head on a disc.

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Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Zen Blues Quartet
  • CD Title: Zen Blues Quartet
  • Genre: Blues
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Shunyata Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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