Channeling definitive rockabilly rhythms while delivering sizzling fretwork, Ruzz Guitar’s Blues Review presents a big, contemporary sound and style in the band’s new album The Heist. Together with a solid brass section, Ruzz and company have tapped into a fuller, richer music charisma which translates well throughout the ten-song collection. Rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, or rhythm and blues, the big band version of Ruzz and the Review have things covered with The Heist. Of course, there is more to the story.
About the Music
Set for release Nov. 10, 2018, in association with Rhythm Bomb Records, The Heist’s title cut begins with a subtle intro featuring simple white noise and a singular guitar strum before the drums enter at 11 seconds and the horns burst into a brief but fiery flurry. A twangy Eddie Cochranish riff muscles its way into the mix, as the instrumental explodes with a potent Memphis Stax vibe. No wonder Ruzz is officially endorsed by the legendary Gretsch® guitar company. This is just the opening track.
Next up, “Back Home to Stay,” is a highlight among Ruzz’s guitar gymnastics. While string phrasing remains clear and concise, RG’s pick speed will leave listeners scratching their heads. Rapid fire vocal work and an airtight rhythm battery help round out this rootsy music tornado. What’s more, the brassy accompaniment fits like a glove. But watch out, because the song can leave listeners exhausted.
“Rock with You” is a slinky 5:43 blues track which moves with intensity by way of lo-fi vocals and a heavier beat. The Blues Review reeks with spot-on timing and musicianship, while plenty of attitude helps drive home the band’s style. Think Roomful of Blues, but with a raucous swagger. “Rock with You” is built for solos and Ruzz Guitar’s Blues Review does not disappoint. Enthusiasts should approve. The same holds true for the boogie tilted “I Used to Love You.” This time around, Ruzz’s guitar tone is thicker, while still warm and rocked out. Multi-instrumentalist and composer Pete Gage’s vocals bring a certain pumped quality.
For something different, “Saints and Sinners” suggests a Ronnie Hawkins “Who Do You Love”-type of growl and magic. Certainly, Ruzz’s Blues Review has enough grit to go around. “Juke Joint Showdown” is another guitar-driven gem with memorable electric riffage. A personal favorite, “Mine All Mine” uses polished triplets to get the point across; Gage’s “Home To Me” is heartfelt and wistful. “High-Stakes Hustle” has a rocking rhythm and unremitting fret leads. The Heist closes with a piano number titled “Girl For Me.”
The band on The Heist is Ruzz Guitar – guitar, vocals; Joe Allen – bass; Mike Hoddinott – drums; Rachel Hutchinson – sax; Sean Mcbride – sax; Paul Field – trumpet; and Paul Quinn – piano. Special guests include Pete Gage and Tommy Harkenrider.
Remember The Visuals
Check out the YouTube video for “Juke Joint Showdown” and see Ruzz fly up and down the neck of his Gretsch® guitar. After watching the performance, the word amazing comes to mind.
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