Otis Grand - Boom Boom - Rockrpix

OTIS GRAND and ALAN DARBY; backed by GLYNN EVANS (Bass); MUNCH MOORE (Keys); and Ian Palmer once again (Drums). This was a band hastily coupled together at short notice, and most of them had never played together before. So what we were about to witness was testament to their professionalism, experience and skill. As soon as we heard the first few licks, we felt that we’d been spiritually transported to a Blues club in Downtown Chicago! And that vibe stayed put right through the set; as what was to follow was a demonstration of pure Urban Electric Blues at its best.

Darby (tooled up with beautiful looking Firebird); and Grand (armed with a red Strat sprayed gold – and wearing a remarkable Mexican Mariachi suit) immediately launched into ‘A Man Like Me’ – the suit entirely appropriate for the Latin-Blues vibe of the number! Sharing vocals and swapping solos, our two lead guitarists led us into a classy Blues wonderland. It was an impressive start from a group of musos not at all used to playing together as a unit. And if anything, the next offering was even better; as they then hit us with a sublime version of ‘There’s Gotta Be Changes Made’ – a laid-back Chicago Blues to close your eyes and drift away to. The two of them duelled solos for a good eleven minutes – and I loved it!

Review by Phil the Music Quill

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