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“You can’t judge a book by looking at the cover”, sang Bo Diddley – but looking at the late 60s quasi-psychedelic cover of this CD and the band name, and even after listening to the Hendrix/ Freddy King hybrid of the title track, you could certainly be forgiven for expecting a heavy blues-rock set. Well, no, it’s not. Cleveland, Ohio-based guitarist, singer, songwriter and bandleader Gaetano also has a parallel jazz career which sometimes comes through in his playing - think of Robben Ford maybe - and on this CD he draws on the New Orleans marching band beat for ‘Old Guitar Player’, a Latin sound for ‘Sylvester Loved The Ladies’, brassy funk on ‘Hot & Cold Woman’, hip jazz with ‘Standing By The Door’. Hopefully you’re beginning to get the picture. Gaetano himself confesses he has always enjoyed mixing up music genres (he even throws in a little reggae on ‘Talk To Yourself’), and let’s face it, he does do it so well, even if here he keeps at least one foot in the blues on every track. His voice is cool and so too is his guitar playing, fronting a band of experienced veterans. He is certainly worth checking out – unless all you want is heavy blues-rock, I guess.
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