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Blues Caravan 2006
Aynsley Lister / Erja Lyytinen / Ian Parker
Pilgrimage (Ruf Records)
Apart from the occasional heavy accent from Finish vocalist Erja, this is a hugely successful project that somehow blends her contemporary take on the blues with Aynsley characteristic brusque approach, and Ian Parker’s gospel sensibilities.
The opening guitar frenzy is a prequel to much great playing that incorporates rocky blues, down- home acoustic blues (Mississippi style, where some of this album was recorded) and gospel.
For three artists who have skirted around the blues idiom with much apprehension, this is a welcome surprise and nearly as good as the classic Copland/Collins/Cray effort of over 20 years ago.
The blues is alive with a welcome contemporary slant!