It has to be said, if you want to get in MVM’s good books quickly, then adding a horn section to your mix is a sure-fire way to do it.
North Staffs Blues collective Chris Bevington And Friends do exactly that and very, very welcome it is too. Adrian Gibson adds a stone cold magnificent trumpet solo in the middle of the set, while “Dark Side Of Love” is given a real New Orleans feel with the liberal use of his instrument. Bevington himself is the bass player, content to stand in the shadows behind Scott Ralph an extremely talented guitarist – you have to be to pull off Hendrix’s “Bold As Love” as well as he does – with a gritty vocal style, and the set has a rare authenticity. Their cover of Clapton’s “Crossroads,” dedicated to Jack Bruce is faithful and joyful, while Buddy Guy’s “She’s Out There Somewhere,” has almost jazz overtones. At it’s best when treading a real funky blues line, the band are evidently enjoying what they do and there is a real warmth on show here, often featuring up to ten people on stage, they are shorn down tonight to the essential. There is absolutely nothing about Chris Bevington and his mates not to like. Exactly what blues music should be about.
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