Sons Of Rhythm
Album: Sons Of Rhythm
Tracks : 6
There is some stunningly good blues and R 'n’ B out of Canada, there must be something in the water !
Sons Of Rhythm are a delightfully effective band, from the Greater Toronto Area, who mix traditional blues with rock ‘n’ Roll and Funk with an added dash of country, This is their debut EP and is an excellent indication of what to expect. The band consists of singer and bassist Mick Maratta whose funky rhythm section is anchored by Mike Carbone on drums. Federico Luiu provides a skilful and unique interpretation of the blues as the group’s lead guitarist. Since their inception they have added sax and keys to great effect.
The EP consists of 24+ minutes in six tracks which are beautifully recorded and with deep core of funkiness to them the band produces some nice harmonies in their joint vocals and front man Maratta has a super voice too. One of the delights is that, in a tradition inherited from some of the old country and western singers, the lyrics are enunciated clearly and effectively. “Ain’t no use singin’ a song if folks can’t understand the words,”
“Will I Ever See You Again” is a countryfied piece that reminds me a lot of the early Eagles and the song writing of Glen Frey while “Talking ‘bout My Baby” is a blues shuffle which even has a “Woke up this morning...”opening line, Want a bit of rock ‘n’ roll ? Check out “My Time Is Gonna Come” which not only has the obligatory unison chorus but has some wild rock guitar breaks with added tasty piano fills and super horn work. “You Got A Friend” is a popy ballad (not the Carol King song) that seems strangely out of place, but is nevertheless delivered very admirably. The Allen Toussaint song "Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On)" shows off the funky side of the band and is a delight. The Meters are alive and well and living in Toronto
All in all a great debut that needs wide exposure.
Ian K. McKenzie