In a departure from his normal fare, Fred Litwin and his NorthernBlues label offer the music of guitarist James Cohen.
The group is a happy mix of rock and blues musicians playing a wonderful new music. Cohen discovered the art of flamenco guitar in recent years. His group, the James Cohen Caravan
was heard by Fred Litwin, at the Ottawa Bluesfest
and plans were put in place for an album.
It's difficult to imagine what might result when one assembles a frontline of a flamenco guitarist, a veteran bluesman and a great rock keyboard player. The end-product is a delight. Call it what you will, but you can't place it in a pigeonhole. It just won't be categorized! There are elements of blues, classic jazz, and gypsy jazz hiding behind the flamenco rhythms. Tracks such as Tiny Monkeys
and Mock Pollack
are pure jazz. Fortune's Fool
could be considered a "flamenco blues" if there was such a thing. Richard Bell's keyboard spot on the tune is a throwback to his brilliant solo on Janis Joplin's Me and Bobby McGee
. Bell was with the band of Ronnie Hawkins and Joplin's Full Tilt Boogie
This new CD is certainly worth a listen if you enjoy fine guitarists.