Dave Fields

Dave Fields
Timeís A Wastiní

Self-produced, Fields Music Inc.

By Karen Nugent
November 2007

Oy vey, this has to be first time Iíve heard Hebrew on a blues album.

And from such a talented young man, his favorite rabbi might say.

New York-based Dave Fields, winner of the Best Self Produced Blues CD last year (for Roxy Perryís Back In Bluesville) has outdone himself with Timeís A Wastin.í

The well-crafted record, a fresh combination of blues, rockabilly, jazz, and foot-stomping honky-tonk, is nothing short of sheer entertainment - supported by great vocals, emotion, and sex appeal. Itís hot.

Fields sings, plus plays guitar, piano, and bass on nearly every song. Oh, and by the way, he also wrote or co-wrote all 12 tunes.

“Rabbi Blues,” the song with the old Hebrew bread blessing in the middle, comes about halfway through the record.

Although you want to hear the story Ėitís a twist on the old black Southern Baptist creed that dictates no blues playing Sundays, except, here, a rabbi chastises a Jewish bluesman for playing on the Friday night Sabbath Ė itís the outstanding classic blues instrumental backup that really grabs you.

Fields is simply fabulous with a great guitar solo that builds to a loud crushing crescendo. Thereís a funny bit at the end, too, with Fields going into a kitschy rap with his rabbi about having to play that meshugena for all the shiksas down at the barbecue (where theyíre serving pork, and shrimp with mayonnaise sauce). Amusingly enough, the song ends with a few lines of “Hava Nigela.”

Thatís followed by one of my favorite songs on the disc. “Frenzy” is an oh-so-cool jazzy number all about passion and desire that moves smoothly along with more hip guitar, this time much more complex, from Fields.

That sexy theme pops up on a few of the tracks.

“Keep It Up,” featuring Rob Paparozzi, from the Blues Brothers, is about keeping his girl around to avoid running off again to Johnny Walker Black. “Donít Look At Me That Way,” a bouncy tune with a Blues Brothers feel to it, talks about not being able to control what happens next: “Girl you better get ready/Where youíre going baby, youíll never feel so fine.”

“Iíll Do You Right,” is about coming home to his woman after a night of debauchery, possibly with another woman.

Then thereís “Do Me Now.” (Do me now, and love me later/ And then we gonna do it some more) Granted, some of the lyrics get a little corny: “My appetite likeís a big old alligator/My pulse is going like a high speed elevator/Just put your foot down on my accelerator/My heartís going like a coffee percolator.” But itís still exciting.

Another terrific track, “Do Do” with Paparozzi on harp, is a rocking, danceable song. “DFís Blues” (apparently named for Fields) is an instrumental with a New Orleans-style Latin beat and a surprisingly good jazz bridge.

The last track, “The Cure” is a Delta-style acoustic number with fine steel guitar work by Fields. Again, thereís some erotica: “Just give me an hour, Iíll work you over once or twice.”

Although Fields handles nearly all of the vocals, and most of the instruments, besides Paparozzi, he is joined on Timeís A Wastiní by Dave Moore, Wes Little, Ken Soule, and Lee Finkelstein (also from the Blues Brothers) on drums; Dave Hughes on back up vocals, Paul Shapiro and Rob Chaseman on alto, tenor, and baritone sax; and Erik Boyd and Brett Bass on bass.

Besides Roxy Perry, Fields, whose first album was Field Of Vision, has worked with Frankie Paris and Sweet Georgia Brown; and performed with blues legends Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Hubert Sumlin, Bobby Rush, and Eddie Shaw.

Fields, the son of noted composer, arranger and producer Sammy Fields, began recording at the tender age of 13, in one of his fatherís television commercials.

The younger Fields was a regular at New York Cityís Bitter End and Dinosaur Bar, and wrote music for the 2004 Olympics, as well as for The Today Show and NBC Sports.

So donít be a schmuck, check it out, already!



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