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The Danny Morris Band - Storm Surgedotdotdot
artworkVeteran guitarist Danny Morris merges blues and surf with reverb and warmth. Many of the vintage guys used Fender outboards in the day, which makes this merger a natural. Good writing and playing, and some really interesting tracks. 10 blues vocals accompany the 7 surf instros here.
Picks: Beat Cop, Moon Relay, Mowgli's Bounce, Renee's Cha Cha, Run Chicken Run, Women From Pluto, Hurry Up, Slow Down

Track by Track Review


Beat Cop dotdotdot
Spy Jazz (Instrumental)

Modern spy jazz rooted firmly in the fifties, but updated with surf tone and some double picked lines. "Beat Cop" has a fast-ish cool-for-cats kinda feel with reverb and cool drums.

Moon Relay dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a warm and friendly interpretation of the Vistas' "Moon Relay" that mixes a kind of blues tone with surf and reverb. Really silky and cool, with an infectious sound and watery edge. The more I listen, the more I like this.

Mowgli's Bounce dotdotdotdot
Surf Exotica (Instrumental)

This pretty melody is delivered with warm reverbed damped plucking over exotic percussion and a smooth bass line. Images of sunset islands and perfumed breezes with a liquid blues feel. Very cool track.

Renee's Cha Cha dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This might remind So Cal surf fans of the Bone Sharks, with warm south of the border licks and warm tone, backed by tight drums and bongos with a smooth bass. Very pleasant and surfable.

Run Chicken Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Approaching one million version and counting... well, not quite, but "Run Chicken Run" is becoming really common. This version is a little like Los Straitjackets meets the Cadillac Angels, but it's focus is more blues and rock than their classic roots.

Women From Pluto dotdotdotdot
Surf Blues (Instrumental)

"Women From Pluto" rocks slowly with dribbling double picking and liquid whammy, reverbed and cool. The slow and sinewy bass line against the precision drums gives this a surf blues feel. very cool.

Hurry Up, Slow Down dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A rocky glissando launches big rock candy surf rage, with big Duane Eddy twang and blues jam lines, some guitar hero antics and reverb. I don't think this is anywhere near as interesting as the other instros here.