CD Review – The Mark Gamblin Band – Down to the Station
7 out of 10 – Self Release
‘Down to the Station’ is one of those live studio recordings where a band is captured in their best environment. The 15 songs are all written by band leader and guitarist Mark Gamblin and show a clear affinity for the blues, with the guitar mixing well with Keyboards and Saxophone, particularly on the rock funk ‘Talking the Blues’ where the sound gremlins don’t peak as much as they have been. This would be an excellent live set and album opener, as opposed to the piano and guitar duet, ‘Four Small Steps’ which opens the album.
Support comes from Chris Jayne on rhythm guitar, Andy Lee on Keyboards, Sam Pitt on Drums, Lloyd Arrow and Steve Fenimore on Bass and the Saxophone of Rob Richardson.
Mark Gamblin has a fine guitar style, and his singing shows the benefit of years of experience. Funk is a style that suits the group, with the last two tracks, particularly ‘Rain Down’ being an excellent floor filling track, with its Jazz Flute and keyboard solo, and double time coda bringing something completely new to the mix. There is much to like on this album, and they are a band with some of their own ideas in an already over-crowded genre.