Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Blues With A Feeling II

AZ KENNY TSAK & 56 DELUXE – “Like I Do” CD ’09 (Private, US) – All you have to do is take a look at the cover of “Like I Do” to see that bluesman KENNY TSAK (Tsakanikas) likes to have a good time. Here’s a guy, decked out in cool shades & a shirt that might give Elvis pause. Besides that, he’s draped with a couple hotties who look like they’d be happy at the Hef’s place and they also look pretty pleased at handling KENNY’s…axes. But don’t think Mr. TSAK’s talent takes a back seat to any visuals on this CD. This guy can flat-out play. All you’ve gotta do to know that is get swept up in the roadhouse groove of the opening title cut. KENNY’s gruff vocals deliver a swaggering confidence & Frank Perez’s sax solo lays down the business. It’s when TSAK ignites his Firebird solo that you know this boy can burn. Yes, there are a few slow blues seethers, like the evocative “Full Time Lover” & “Blues Attitude” where AZ KENNY dials back his incendiary fretsmanship to simmer. Still, “Like I Do” looks like a damn good come-hither time and it plays like one too…repeatedly, around here. Hot, Blue & Righteous

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