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In The Mix

Bernard Allison

Jazzhaus Records 2015

Review by David Bowling


When your father is legendary bluesman Luther Allison,  you begin playing the guitar at the age of ten, and have your first gig at 13, the course of you life is probably set.

Bernard Allison honed his guitar chops backing Koko Taylor and Muddy Waters. He released his first solo album in 1990 and has been on the road and in the studio ever since. He had now released his first solo album in six years titled In The Mix.

Bernard is at heart a blues artist but he travels outward from that foundation to fuse a number of styles into his sound including rock, soul, funk, and blues. His new album is a mix of five originals and five covers, including two by his father.

His own compositions tend to move in more of a rock direction. His covers, however, travel in a traditional blues direction; his father’s “Move From The Hood” and “Moving On Up” and Colin James’ “Five Long Years,” and the gritty soul of Freddie King’s “I’d Rather Go Blind” and Tyrone Davis’ “I Had It All The Time.”

In The Mix is an album to be explored and appreciated. Well-worth the cost of admission.

Rating: ***1/2