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Bluesmix - Biding My Time

ProperMusic/ Blues Dust Records

Twelve tracks, 53.08 mins

This one has been around for some time and has had some excellent reviews elsewhere, mostly in the UK. Don’t expect anything different here.

BluesMix is Rob Fleming, vocals and guitar, Bob Morgan on piano/organ and saxophone, Costa Tancredi, bass, Mimi Hajime, drums. The band was born out of the London blues scene and each member of it has extensive experience of gigging and working as session musicians over an extended period. In 2006 they supported Elton John in San Francisco and did a short tour of blues clubs and venues in California. The band continues to operate around the London area with a residency at The Troubador (a venue at which yours truly played 40 years ago!) and at the wonderfully named venue Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues. Patrons of those and many other venues get from the band what this CD offers; top quality blues with a serous dash of funk and a soupcon of soul.

Vocalist Fleming is the writer of almost all the twelve tracks here and delivers his lyrics with verve and passion. He is supported all the way by a watertight rhythm section and some seriously tasty arrangements. One of the tracks not written by Fleming is ‘Do Together’ composed by Bob Morgan who plays clarinet on another track ‘How Many Times’ and percussion on ‘I Want To Believe In You’, to say nothing of adding keyboards and/or sax on many of the other offerings. Listen to the impressive sax solo on ‘All Gone’.

From the get go, ‘Feel So Strong’, a swinging piece building nicely from a Hammond (Morgan again) riff intro section, to the final track ‘I Don’t Want To Loose It All’ the band offers relaxed, yet at the same time driving, blues based material, providing a wonderful example of what is available for bluesers visiting the UK’s capital city. Check out some of their sounds on their website. Recommended.

Reviewer Ian McKenzie lives in England. He is the editor of Blues In The South ( a monthly flier providing news, reviews, a gig guide and all kinds of other good stuff, for people living and going to gigs along the south coast of England. Ian is also a blues performer (see and has a web cast regular blues radio show on www.phonic.FM in Exeter (Wednesdays: 1pm Eastern/ 12 noon Central).

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