Female blues singers are something of a rarity these days and
its a pleasure to hear Angela Altieris great voice.
She is a powerful singer, very much in the style of the Texan
blues performers of the last few years. Dick Bird, the third
member of the outfit is a quality acoustic guitarist who was
already part of the extraordinary 93 album "Have
Mercy" that featured Steve Baker. Several of the tracks
also feature double bass and/or piano, which complete a very
satisfying musical mix.
Steve Bakers harmonica is as impeccable as ever, he builds
his accompaniments without ever encroaching on the vocals or
other instruments but rather enhances the whole. He blows the
right note at the right time and can accelerate without being
overpowering. He can go from a big amplified sound, something
approaching that of a cello (what a tone and what a chorus on
"Why Dont You Do Right"!) to clear and sober
acoustic backing. There is incidentally, more acoustic material
on this album than on his other recent recordings with the likes
of Abi Wallenstein or Chris Jones. Steve proves here that although
his trademark is definitely amplified, he is no less brilliant
So here is an album thats worth listening to, not only
for the harmonica but also for its sheer spontaneity, not to
mention the quality of the recording, particularly in the light
of the recent Baker/Wallenstein live album !