REVIEWS of Deep Detroit
Deep Detroit is the kind of blues recording rarely heard any more in these days of horn sections and synthesizers. What this disc offers is hard Detroit blues, a harp/guitar/bass/drums lineup that plays slow burners and stomping workouts descending from the Detroit legends who helped the then-young California - born harp player hone his skills - men like Eddie Kirkland, Eddie Burns and the Butler twins… Through the entire disc, Shah’s thick and rich harp work supports his rough, club-honed vocals. Shah’s own lyrics speak in simple and direct language of the everyday experiences of people who work for a living… Through it all, guitarist Glazer plays Eddie Taylor to Shah’s Jimmy Reed, providing elegant, often understated support to Shah’s harp leads. Only occasionally does the guitarist step forward with a searing lead that takes the fiery styles of men like Buddy Guy and Hubert Sumlin to new levels… Listeners who like their blues « straight, no chaser » will find Deep Detroit to be just the cure for what’s ailing you. »
-Peter R Aschoff - Living Blues
« Shah sings in a declamatory style, and while not pretty, is authentic and convincing. The same is true of his harp playing… The blues here is barbed - wire raw, except for Glazer’s occasional over-the-top rock influenced string-bending… I found Deep Detroit to be an enjoyable romp. »
- Tom Townsley - Blues Revue
« The Detroit, Michigan area has been home to California native Harmonica Shah for decades. His unconquerable drive and determination has put him into every club and festival in the area. His reputation, additionally, has been growing geographically throughout the states for years… Working closely with his « chef de guitar » Howard Glazer, Shah stretches his deep guttural vocals and Little Walter - styled harp. [Glazer’s] work here is timely, well-balanced with Shah’s lead and consistently grinding… From the opening « Dun Made My Getaway » to the closing « Repo Man, » the music has a deep Chicago attitude and honky tonkin’ Midwest flavor… Deep Detroit is just that, and all that! Shah and Glazer have a dynamite package here that should push their horizons farther. »
- Mark Cole - Big City Blues
« Here’s one of the best blues albums I’ve heard in a long time. It’s a rip-snortin’ bunch of blisters that make you wanna dim the lights, crank up the volume and throw some beers back… It’s got that real seedy bar-room atmosphere with a raucus crackling electricity filled sound that puts me in mind of early Hound Dog Taylor records and that’s good… They’ve got a drum’n’bass that’l loosen your window frames, a real lowdown, nasty harmonica sound and a guitar player who could slice sheet metal… Shah is influenced by Little Walter and Junior Wells and on this record he plays a ton of harp - highly expressive and inventive but never complicated… When Shah’s taking the lead Howard slices in and out of the groove with stabbin’ fills and walking basses but when it is time to solo he gets in there with big fat wedges of slashing full-toned guitar… Between the two of them they produce some of the most exciting blues you’ll here this year. Prepare to be blown away. »
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