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Bert Deivert - Kid Man Blues
Bert Deivert is a key figure in the contemporary acoustic and semi-acoustic blues world. Born in Boston, Mr Deivert has made his home in Sweden but that dos not prevent him from offering a CD that will enhance his reputation no end. Bert started as a guitar man, inspired by the music of Son House, has enhanced his range by developing his skills on mandolin in the style typical of Yank Rachell and Carl Martin. To that he has added a range of exemplary musicians (A few of them are Jann Zander (g); Nina Perez (v); Suchet Malhotra (tabla, cajon), Chester “Memphis Gold” Chandler (g), Bill Abel (g)) and with Tom Paley providing vocal support on “Keep On Truckin’”, in a tribute to Blind Boy Fuller.
The arrangements are exemplary and the recording quality is superb. Check out the interplay of Hammond organ and electric guitar in the minor key arrangement of “Come Back Baby” and the superb version of Skip James’ Cypress Grove, with the intertwining guitars of Deivert and Thai bluesman Dulyasit Saruba and some tasty harp work from Mats Qwarfordt.
I have written before about the growing international flavor of the
Mississippi rooted phenomenon we call the blues. Dievert works here with
people from three continents and with tracks recorded in places as
unlikely as Bangkok, Thailand and with musicians based locally. He gives
us blues-based music from the rambunctious to the miserable: RL
Burnside’s “Going Down South” to Son House’s “Death Letter”. The title
track, Carl Martin’s “Kid Man Blues” is delightful, and through out the
CD there are thought provoking lyrics accompanied by with consummate
instrumental skills and delivered with powerful vocals panache. And, by
the way, the piano playing by German Willie Salomon on State Street Pimp
is as good as you will hear anywhere.
Reviewer Ian McKenzie lives in England. He is the editor of Blues In The South (www.bluesinthesouth.com) a monthly flier providing news, reviews, a gig guide and all kinds of other good stuff, for people living and going to gigs along the south coast of England. Ian is also a blues performer (see www.myspace.com/ianmckenzieuk) and has two web-cast regular blues radio shows. One on www.phonic.FM in Exeter (Wednesdays: 1pm Eastern/ 12 noon Central), the second on KCOR – Kansas City Online Radio (on Fridays at 1pm Eastern/ 12 noon Central) www.kconlineradio.com.