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The Eric Ranzoni Trio - Live At Round Midnight Blues Bar

GUGU Records

Nine tracks 45:03

Recorded live in London – October 2009

Eric Ranzoni is a keyboard player who without doubt has mastered the boogie/blues style of many of his heroes; Memphis Slim, Big Maceo Merriweather, Otis Span and others. Working here with Lewis Fielding, guitar and Julien d’Imperio, harmonica, and recorded live, we are offered Memphis Slim’s Lonesome Traveller, a handful of songs, best known as vehicles for Muddy Waters (Rollin’ and Tumbling, Hoochie Coochie Man, Got My Mojo Working) a touch of Howling Wolf with Little Red Rooster and so on.

All of the tracks, as will be clear from the above, are covers, there is no original material here at all and, although the music is delivered with enthusiasm there is not much to commend it to readers to encourage them to purchase a CD. Ranzoni’s vocals are adequate (his keyboard work is great) and the guitar and harmonica fill the gaps in a workman like way.

To be fair, I suspect that, in the Round Midnight Blues Bar, at around midnight, patrons and fans enthused by tributes to a selection of key black blues musicians might well be expected to buy a few copies of the CD to be played once or more to remember a night out on the town.

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 other good stuff for people along the south coast of England. Ian is also a blues performer (see and has a web-cast Blues radio show on www.phonic.FM in Exeter (Wednesdays: 1pm Eastern/ 12 noon Central).

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