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Lady Bianca - A Woman Never Forgets

Magic-O Records

Lady Bianca has been writing songs with her partner Stanley Lippett and performing their music in the California Bay Area for over two decades. She’s a great singer with a ballsy voice, and accompanies herself on keyboards in her band. Her new Grammy nominated album, “A Woman Never Forgets” is classy and sophisticated, and steeped in feeling and soul. One of the things that make this a great record is the variety of music. The first cut, “Lay It Down Like You Mean It” is very ‘Chicago blues’ and captures your attention right away, although it’s no indication of what’s to come. You’ll get your first taste here of the excellent background vocals heard throughout this album, which help contribute to an underlying gospel feel.

There are so many great little surprises on this release, like heating things up with, “He Just Do Me So Good” next, a steamy number with a fair share of sexual innuendo. The Latin feel of “I’m In Love With You Baby” with guitarist Rich Gannon doing his best Carlos Santana imitation has by now convinced the listener that this clearly is not a straight blues album.

“Sweetie Pie” is a great showcase of Lady Bianca’s deep and rich voice, and her ability to accompany herself with just her piano. Earlier in her musical career, she was a backup singer for some pretty big hitters such as, Van Morrison, Frank Zappa and Sly Stone. She also recorded with Taj Mahal, James Ingram and Lamont Dozier. With all those strong influences, it’s no wonder she broke out on her own with a good understanding of the music business and an ability to create her own powerful music.

The amusing “Ugly Man Song” is another little surprise, providing some comic relief and some ‘carrying on’ by The Lady. The title cut and “Slow Down” both are solid songs, followed by a rousing version of the old Elvis hit, “Heartbreak Hotel”, done slow and nasty. She shows a softer, sweeter side on “There’s No Getting Over You”, a pretty song with nice chord changes and dynamic accents, and another standout job by the backup vocalists. The delay effect to the lead vocal track is somewhat distracting.

My absolute favorite song on this album is the final cut, “Da Da Day (The Happy Song)”, and I have already played it many times. You gotta love songs with a positive message, and this funky groove cooks and makes you want to jump up and shake it a little bit. I suspect they were having a good time in the recording studio working on this number.

This outstanding collection of songs demonstrates the writing creativity of Lady Bianca and Lippitt and shows off the excellent musicianship of Bianca and her band. This is Lady Bianca’s sixth album, and a testament to her longevity and importance on the blues scene. “A Woman Never Forgets” is a great album by a very talented artist and I highly recommend it to any music lover, particularly those of us who dig their blues with a taste of gospel and soul.

Reviewer Bruce Williams is seasoned Blues musician (Junior Wells, Lefty Dizz and The Chicago Fire, Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins, Mark Hannon Blues Band). He  learned the blues from some of Chicago’s masters and has shared the stage with legends such as Willie Dixon, Jimmy Rogers, Sammy Lawhorn, Hound Dog Taylor and Jimmy Johnson. His band appears at clubs and festivals throughout the Midwest. He hosts a weekly radio program on WRLR FM Public Radio and produces music out of his home based Highland Lake Records Studio.

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