Doc Fingers hails from Vancouver, Canada, plays piano, organ, sings, fools around and fronts a cool, cool blues band who are happiest exploring a mix of shuffles, boogie, New Orleans blues, and funk.
In short, Doc Fingers fronts a classy outfit, with guitarist Lindsay Mitchell also impressive on both rhythm and lead. Doc himself leans into his blues with a smoky voice and fine sense of dynamics when it comes to soloing.
For a pianist of such standing it’s surprising that he doesn’t really feature on his own until the barrel house piece that is “Sid’s Stomp”.
The band swing with abandon on both “Can’t Stop Loving You”, and the impressive “Reighty-8” on which drummer Chris Nordquist pound his skins with the best of them, and Doc takes a lovely solo. There a slice of old New Orleans on a fine reading of “Cakewalk Into Town”, and the band positively jump on “Can’t Take It No More”. Doc is content to take a few lines, but the piece is like a wound up tight, spring coil, and guitarist Mitchell soon adds i a telling couple of guitar lines. Doc Fingers is a fine player who looks set to tour the UK in November, and on the evidence of this album, lets hope he brings his band with him. File under good stuff!
Here are some audio clips from the Doc's In The Pocket CD :
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Doc Fingers was number 6 in the July 2004 Playlist
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