John O'Leary Band - Sins (Independent)
by Ricardo, Nov 2005
O'Leary has fine voice, and is an accomplished harmonica player
with an interesting tone and style. Backed here by a band
that plays well together with a distinctive sound and tone of voice
this CD is an ambitious and credible effort.
is no bar-room boogie - the word 'Fusion' comes to mind - and throughout
there is a musical sophistication almost verging on the Acid Jazz,
especially apparent on the instrumentals 'And Everything...' (O'Leary-less)
and the great 'Chiswick Roundabout' (O'Leary-full - and jolly good
he sounds too).
The Chris Youlden 'I'm Tired', presumably a nod to John's days in
Savoy Brown, is one of the standout tracks. There are a couple of
attempts at a fuller, more soul vibe - 'Blue Water' & 'Save
My Soul' - with impressive additional vocals by guest Rietta Austin,
a 'Who's Been Talking' which owes a fair bit to the Cray/Salgado
version, and Jr.Wells' 'Snatch it Back' which shows off John's fine
Overall it's as a small blues/jazz combo doing their own thing that
they work best. More tight groovy numbers about Chiswick Roundabout
and the like would make for a great follow up.
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