CD Review Ben Water’s – Hurricane

CD Review

Ben Water’s – Hurricane

Hypertension – LC 07526

7 out of 10

‘Hurricane’, the latest album from Ben Water’s finds the acclaimed Boogie Woogie Piano maestro in fine form in an album of mainly original songs. Aided by a tight band of bass, drums, and a full brass section the songs range from a mid tempo tribute to one of Waters heroes in Booker, to the softer ballad and the album’s closing song, ‘Inconsequential’. The boogie woogie Piano expertise that makes his gigs so memorable is in good supply, in the dextrous instrumentals ‘Helicon Boogie’, and the jump piece ‘The Wasp’, which features two handed contrapuntal Piano and full use of the Saxophonist Derek Nash, and also in the album’s only cover version Amos Milburn’s ‘Rooming House Boogie’. The album features sterling contributions from co-songwriter Richard Hymas who plays guitar, bass, and vocals, a tight rhythm section being completed by drummer Ady Milward, and the colourful additions of Clive Ashley on Saxophone and Vocals. The songs stray far from the more traditional blues themes, and looks at the effects of global warning, and tabloid society, in such songs as the title track, ‘Hurricane,’ and ‘Mother Nature’s Molecules’. Relationships, though are explored in such songs as ‘Who U Lay’, which features the albums only use of Organ, and a guitar led instrumental middle eight with a distinctive 1960’s sound to it. This album is good, but it does not really do justice to the band, who are always at their best when playing live, and it is only a small sampling of what this band can do on the concert platform.



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