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Breezy Rodio and The Coolers - Strange Situation!!

Breezy Rodio and The Coolers - Strange Situation!!

Breezy Rodio and The Coolers - Strange Situation!!

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A fine singer and player with a strong knowledge of the music and its roots.

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Breezy Rodio and The Coolers - Strange Situation!!Breezy Rodio is an Italian born guitarist and singer working and making a good reputation for himself on Chicago’s blues scene; however, he also works on the city’s vibrant reggae scene, and “Strange Situation!!” is his second reggae CD.

It reveals a fine singer and player with a strong knowledge of the music and its roots. He opens with a strong rendition of Bob Marley’s ‘She Is Gone’ (he also performs Peter Tosh’s ‘Brand New Second Hand’) and goes on in a 70s vein, not just in the perhaps expected roots style of ‘Jah Will I Be Found’ or his lovely meditative treatment of Jacob Miller’s ‘Forward Ever, Backward Never’, but more especially so with covers of once very popular but now often overlooked classics like ‘Silhouettes’, ‘Crying Over You’ and ‘Silver Words’.

‘I Don’t Wear No Dreadlocks’ sets out Breezy’s approach and there is a very unexpected but successful cover of Gregory Isaac’s ‘Not The Way’, whilst ‘Play On Mr Music’ – yes, The Heptones & Junior Murvin number, this man has taste! - introduces some of the accompanying musicians, who include Dominica’s always excellent Hurricane on bass on most tracks, keyboards man Mervyn Belisle and drummer Kevin Patrick.

A real delight, this CD.

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