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The Tradesmen - Safety Firstdotdotdot
artworkThree nicely original arrangements of standards grace this CD from Santa Barbara's Tradesmen, who do an interesting mix of country-reggae-rock. An original sound and an obvious good time band.
Picks: Southswell, Apache, Walk, Don't Run

Track by Track Review


Southswell dotdotdotdot
Reggae Surf Rock (Instrumental)

A reggae rhythm backs an aquatic modern tones instro with a catchy gate and friendly sound. Surfisms cohabit with rock instro and Jamaican elements well. "Southswell" is a very nice track!

Apache dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This is a fairly pedestrian cover in some ways, and is unique in others. Distortion and a smooth rock sound replace clean reverb tone, yet the song's magic is retained. Jerry Lordan's song further demonstrates its flexibility and power. Nice track.

Walk, Don't Run dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A bit jazzy, a touch country, and modern rockin' sounds present a fresh face on Johnny Smith's "Walk, Don't Run." This is a unique approach to an old standard. Very nice track.