The Paul Speidel Band - Gratitude

By Karent Nugent
September 2015

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The Paul Speidel Band

Gratitude

By Karen Nugent

BBS Editor

Newton-based guitarist Paul Speidel is an under recognized talent. His five-track EP will hopefully remedy that.

The five instrumentals hit on all styles and are handled with great aplomb by Speidel, a talented guitarist who tends to walk on the jazzy side of the street.

He is joined here by several well-known area musicians including Rosy Rosenblatt on harp, Alizon Lissance on keyboards, Ed Harlow on saxophones, and Garret Savluk on trumpet.

The opener, “Taking it Home” is a bluesy tune, with some tremendous harp from Rosenblatt.

“A Swing Celebration” is what the title sounds like. The song has a joyful feel, with some old-school Benny Goodman kind of style at the end. Speidel really shines on guitar.

The nearly six-minute title track shows up about halfway through the EP, and it’s the best on the record. The song is bluesy, sexy, and, again, there’s a lot of fine guitar work.

“Digging In Deeper” seems to stray from the rest of the songs on the CD, but that’s OK. It’s funky with a 1970s feel, complete with some good ole psychedelic wah-wah pedal.

The record comes back to old blues for the last song, aptly titled, “Buddy Comes Calling” (AKA Buddy Guy.) It’s got that old swampy Delta blues feel, and some wonderful piano from Lissance.

For those who’ve never seen Paul perform live, please take a listen and check him out.

He’s a nice guy – a mensch. In fact, the liner notes on the self-produced record, which was made with money from a Kickstarter campaign, ask folks to donate to the Greater Boston Food Bank.

www.PaulSpeidelBand.com

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