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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 58 | volume XI | January-February, 2008



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 58January-February, 2008
Sound Reviews

Recommended Albums

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Vasja Ivanovski


Miki Petkovski – “City Settlers”

One of the best Macedonian musicians is undoubtedly Miki Petkovski, now a long time resident in Canada. His musical biography is a rich one, he played with the best artists and bands in the former Yugoslavia, recorded some great material and after some time released his new album simply called “City Settlers” (MDSCR 004) on his own, independent label. This is clearly one man endeavor as Miki composed, arranged and played all instruments on album's eight tracks. His keyboard playing is masterful, change of tempos, rhythms and musical styles present strong musicianship of an artist with vision. His native Macedonian roots are interweaven with contemporary sounds which support in full his colourful musical persona. “Miles”, “Endurance Blues”, “Caravan” are probably the best tracks on this collection of his personal understanding of the world we live in.

Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater – “West Side Strut”

World blues production may be small compared to major companies but always offers cool stuff which is always embraced by music lovers who appreciate good sounds when they hear them. We'll check and recommend the best of recent releases which demand attention.

First on the list is the latest album by Chicago blues veteran Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, who's new release “West Side Strut” is his first for Alligator Records, Chicago based record label and interestingly enough “The Chief” did plenty of recordings in the past, but none for the labels in his hometown!  Surrounded by an excellent backing band led by Ronnie Baker Brooks, fine artist himself and son of another Chicago blues great Lonnie Brooks who guests on dynamic rocker “Too Old to Get Married”. Eddy Clearwater's well of inspiration is a deep one and includes different musical styles which incorporate blues, rock, gospel and soul presented in his inimitable way. This vital bluesman is 73 years young?!), something you could not tell by listening to this album. It bursts with energy, atmosphere and fun which is rarely present on albums by much younger artists. “West Side Strut” will make you feel good for sure, all tracks are great with stand out tracks being “Walking Through The Park”, “Trouble, Trouble”, “They Call Me The Chief” and “A Time For Peace”.

Fred Chapellier & Friends – “A Tribute to Roy Buchanan”

Finally an tribute project that was due a long time. We have witnessed plenty

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