Friday, August 30, 2013
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: LEE PALMER - ONE TAKE... LIVE AT CANTERBURY
One Take... was recorded quickly with a top-notch crew, but it doesn't sound like it. In two days the group laid down 10 tracks off the studio floor, including eight originals, but they sound fully rehearsed and confident. Palmer's vocals are a highlight, more like a veteran roots songwriter than a typical blues moaner, and that gives the collection a more relaxed feel. There's a swing to it as well, as the group goes through a variety of styles, from the country picking of Flea's Blues to jump blues and a touch of jazz, through to Gospel funk on closer That's All. With strong keys from Denis Keldie, nice harmonies and duets with Jenn Kee, and solid contributions from the rhythm section, this one has shades of the old Downchild sound, that kind of charm and warmth.