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Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers

Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers

Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers 2014

Review by David Bowling

 

Josh Hoyer spent a lot of years on the road, playing in small clubs with a number of bands before he assembling the Shadowboxers in 2012. The nine-piece band released their self-titled debut album earlier this year.

Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers are a large sprawling aggregation. Vocalist/keyboardist/sax player Hoyer is supported by guitarist Benny Kushner, bassist Brian Morrow, drummer Justin Jones, trombone player Tommy Van Den Berg, sax/flute player Michael Dee, and a trio of singers, Hanna Bendler, Megan Spain, and Kim Moser. When they all join together, they create an overwhelming blues sound that expands outward into rock, soul, and a little funk.

Their new album has a smooth flow to it. None of the eight tracks are under four minutes, which allows the band members to stretch out and create deep textures. Tracks such as “Shadowboxer,” “Make Time For Love,” “Just Call Me (I’ll Be Sure To Let You Down Again),” and “Dirty World” are all energetic and free-flowing blues oriented tracks.

Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers have created a very good debut album. Hopefully the band will continue to progress and provide many more years of fine music.

 

Rating: ***

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