Blues Matters – Issue 64, January 2012 http://bluesmatters.com/magazine/
Recorded live at Bronte Blues Club, in the Pennine village of Laycock, Yorkshire, this recording is an excellent keepsake of Earl Green & The Right Time’s vibrant live performances. One time Otis Grand and Paul Lamb frontman, Green has assembled an excellent ensemble of musicians, who tackle this collection of blues standards in a way which is both reverential to the originals yet also provide a contemporary twist which makes each worth hearing and enjoying on its own merits. Long term collaborators Ron Warshow and Les Back swap guitar licks on T-Bone Walker’s ‘T-Bone Shuffle’, with some measured fills from one time Jools Holland member, Mike Paice on saxophone. Green’s superb vocal was made for material such as this and it lights up the songs throughout, particularly on Percy Mayfield’s ‘Danger Zone’ and the Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland classic ‘Ask Me About Nothin’ But The Blues’. The rhythm section of Emil Engstrom and one time Kingsnake drummer Daniel Strittmatter don’t miss a beat throughout the set and their swinging backbeat is a notable feature of this disc. While the audience response is captured within the sound, they hold back their applause until the end of each song, and the recordings are enhanced by it. ‘No More Dogging’ features some playful guitar interplay before one of the more contemporary songs; Rick Estrin’s ‘Living Hand To Mouth’. A song previously unknown to this reviewer, it features Paice on harp, and perhaps is my pick of the collection. Smooth, soulful and at no stage indulgent ‘Live At The Bronte Blues Club’ is highly recommended and certainly helps to fill that fix until their next live performance comes around.