Wendy DeWitt with Kirk Harwood
Wette Music 2015
Review by David Bowling
Sometimes, the coming together of musicians may seem a stretch but eventually everything works out fine.
Wendy DeWitt played piano for the legendary Hank Ballard and is recognized as one of the premier boogie woogie piano players on the music scene today. Kirk Harwood is a classically trained drummer who backed harpist Norton Buffalo.
Their release, Getaway, can be best described as blues as Harwood lays down a foundation for DeWitt’s piano excursions.
DeWitt composed 8 of the 12 tracks and has a surprisingly good voice to interpret her lyrics. Her use of a brass section in places serves to add a little punch to the music. Also, guitar player Steve Freund brings a funky element to the mix, which gives everything a richness of textures.
Getaway is a interesting release by two musicians from disparate backgrounds whose sound meets somewhere in the middle. Wendy DeWitt and Kirk Harwood have crafted a release that should deservedly attract some attention.