Tinsley Ellis

Tinsley Ellis
Get It!

Heartfixer Music, 2013

By Lady K
October 2013

Warning: I always feel sorry for any bluesman whose instrumental album ends up in my clutches, waiting to be reviewed. I have no technical/musical education or talent, so with no lyrics, the best I can do is attempt to describe what I’m feeling when I listen. Having said that, I’ve been a Tinsley Ellis fan for years so was thrilled to discover Get It!in a packet of new CDs sent by Mr. Managing Editor of the Boston Blues Society. I found myself a bit dismayed when I noticed the words ‘all instrumental’ on the CD cover; sorry Tinsley Ellis, I’ll do my best.

Get It!as good as you’d expect from the likes of Tinsley Ellis. Not solo this time, Ellis (while playing lead guitar, and even bass on 5 tracks) is joined by Ted Pecchio (bass on 5 tracks); Kevin McKendree (multiple keyboards); and Lynn Williams (drums and percussion) – it’s a great mix of talent. Get It!contains 10 original Tinsley Ellis tunes and 2 covers.

Bo Diddley’s “Detour” is insane rockin’ blues (as one would expect), in which the guitars do all the talking. The slow, sexy, bluesy, guitar-y “Freddy’s Midnight Dream” (Sonny Thompson) is the 2nd cover, and it’s going make you want to dance slow and close, with someone special.

“Front Street Freeze” is a funk-filled, up-tempo number, containing a hint of Albert Collins’ style. The R&B-ish “Sassy Strat” is mid-tempo and showcases a fun blend of Ellis’ and Pecchio’s guitars. Lady K loved the slow, moody and pensive “The Milky Way.” It’s Ellis and his guitar at their best, and makes you want to gaze up into the starlit sky and make a wish, while listening – more than once.

Lady K’s favorite track is the gorgeous “Anthem for A Fallen Hero.” This tune is Ellis’ amazing tribute to Roy Buchanan. Lady K still gets misty every time she hears Buchanan’s “The Messiah Will Come,” so she loves Ellis’ tribute.

The title track has organ and guitar ‘conversing’ with each other in a mid-tempo Texas-based rocker, while the swinging blues in “Fuzzbuster” will get you up and moving; you’re going to need to dance to this one!

Track 9 is a rockin’ blues shuffle named for another well-known blues rocker, Chuck “Berry Tossin,” and is an insane example of a very fortuitous guitar-piano partnership. The final track “Catalunya” is the third Lady K favorite, because it has an enticing, but super-subtle Spanish ‘feel,’ and is yet another example of Tinsley Ellis’ guitar virtuosity.

I liked what Tinsley Ellis did on Get It! - liked it a whole lot.

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