Friday, June 29, 2018

Gus Spenos new album It's Lovin' I Guarantee...serious sax chops playing jump, swing and boogie

Fans of jump, swing and boogie, rejoice: You have a new artist to play. Gus Spenos is a bluesman with the shouting style of some of the all-time greats who also has serious sax chops (and the day job of being a top neurologist in Indianapolis). On his second album, "It’s Lovin’ I Guarantee," Spenos and his band prove they know how to lay down tracks that make listeners want to move and groove to the music.

On a set that mixes classic-sounding originals such as the title track with a varied selection of carefully chosen tunes from the past, Spenos teams with ten-time trombonist of the year Wycliffe Gordon, legendary drummer Cecil Brooks III, and a selection of other veteran performers, including two ex-Raelette backing vocalists on five songs. A swinging, energetic combination of tunes, the album is the follow-up to Spenos' highly acclaimed "If You Were Gold Baby," released in 2016. Spenos plays finger-snapping, horn-heavy R'n'B with a touch of jazz on the album's thirteen tracks, accompanied by his all-star lineup of performers.

Filled with tight arrangements and cool-blowing sax, "It’s Lovin’ I Guarantee" will set listeners free and thrill their auditory cortexes. The album “jumps the blues” to a degree that may well resurrect the dearly departed!

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