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Bees Deluxe / Press

“The excellent new disc opens with a cover of Cannonball Adderley’s “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” a track that’s a primer on Bees Deluxe eclecticism. Warre’s guitar melds rock, blues and jazz, shifting from fluid and spacey to rocked up and revving — in three and a half minutes.”

“Guitarist-singer-composer Conrad Warre has called many places home (London, Brooklyn, and currently Newton) and has done a variety of jobs (carpenter, journalist, band manager, production manager). But he’s happiest when he’s fronting Bees Deluxe, the acid-blues band (his term) that’s playing a CD release gig at Ryles in Cambridge on September 10.”

“Bees Deluxe have released another funky, bluesy, jazzy CDs. Trouble In Paradise is another offering of fun stuff from this outfit. The Bees Deluxe’s usual band leader, guitarist Conrad Warre, provides plenty of funky licks and cool phrasing. Keyboardist Jon Gamble keeps the organ and piano percolating with swirling chords and tasteful touches. Bassist Joe McEachern plays a smooth, solid low end. Drummer Patrick Sanders lays down all sorts of clever beats and snappy smacks. Opening number “That’s What I’m Living For” lurches forward with a purposeful funk drive. Bass and drums knock it forward with swift, funky persistence. Gamble presses out of his keys all sorts of organ swirls, smoky, rocking, jumping on the groove with a confident stride. Warre’s guitar jumps in with abundant riffing and mean phrasing. This number leaps forward like a rattlesnake jumping out of its coil. . . . . .”

“The main thrust of the music on this album is its' creativity and adventurous spirit. The musicality of Steely Dan comes to mind on the instrumental "Cell Phone" that features the coolest jazz organ this side of Jimmy Smith. Not to mention some other-worldly guitar. ...what an incredible voyage it was. One to be taken over and over, each time revealing some new nuance in this mind enriching musical gem. "Ladies and gentleman please wait until the record has reached a complete stop before disembarking.”

“As Bees Deluxe continues to develop and progress musically, one can't help but notice the similarities between Dire Straits and the Bees. Maybe it's because the bandleader is English or maybe it's just because the songwriting and Stratocaster sounds like a similar rail to Mark Knopfler. Whatever the reason, Bees Deluxe/s latest offering Trouble in Paradise manages to satisfy both aurally and visually. From the uniquely crafted album artwork conceived by drummer Patrick Sanders to the inventive musical arrangements and lyrics of Warre and the spot-on interpretations by newest members of the group keyboardist Jon Gamble and bassist Joe McCeachern. From the high steppin' album opener "That's What I'm Living For," the funky "Don't Look Happy," to the upbeat instrumental free-for-all "Chromascoping" to the funky chic of "New Jersey Turnpike" and a reverent nod to Hendrix on "Lost in Space," Bees Deluxe are in total control of the soundscapes. Now all they need is for you to jump. Superb!”

“Bees Deluxe are following an important tradition as recording artists by releasing a live concert album. The album is called livevil, which could be pronounced live evil or live-ville. The point is that it is a live album that captures Bees Deluxe in their hard-hitting, jamming blues glory.”

“The music they play is not blues, per se. It's not any one genre of music. They blend jazz, blues, funk, rock, and more into a very suave and cool sound. One can picture the sounds they make emanating from a grooving bachelor pad or swank hipster joint, and yet there is a realism and purity to the music that makes it transcend from cool background sounds to something to sit up and listen to. If your taste in music is broad and have an open mind to new stuff, you will enjoy this CD as I did. You may not understand it, but I am not sure that understanding it is actually required. One has to go with the flow and accept it; once you do, it's a fun ride.”

“Bees Deluxe offers lots of honey on their new CD Space Age Bachelor Pad Blues Bees Deluxe has released their first CD Space Age Bachelor Pad Blues with their current line up of drummer Patrick Sanders, keyboardist Bruce Mattson, and guitarist Conrad W. Space Age Bachelor Pad Blues is a fine documentation of this trio’s rocking blending of modern jazz, old school blues, funk, and whatever else the three feel like throwing into their unique mix. Nowhere in the credits or on their websites can we find out that CW is also the lead singer. His raw, unadorned vocal gives the songs an added value of truthfulness. There is a lot going on in each track. These guys know how to layer guitar and organ over a dynamic beat to create a winning three dimensional sound.”

““We knew Patrick was a Berklee student, so he could write and read music. We knew that he was competent,” said Warre. “But we didn’t know how good he would be with us. The audience was completely stunned.” The next day Warre called Sanders and offered him a permanent position. They’ve been making music ever since. (Click here to listen to one of their songs for free.) Bees Deluxe features Sanders on drums, London-born guitarist Warre of Newton and keyboard artist Bruce Mattson of Uxbridge. “He the youngest in the band,” said Warre about Sanders. “We don’t say this to his face, but he’s the baby in the band. He’s also the toughest. If you had to punch him in the stomach, you would hurt your fist.” The band name, created by Warre, comes from an amplifier (the deluxe) and a pub in London (Bees) the guitarist often visited while living there. He describes their style of music as “acid-blues.” ”

“The album’s 12 tracks include the instrumental acid-blues opener “3454 miles,” and the Louisiana flavored originals “Kidnap” and “Rooster Shoes.” The band ventures into psychotropic moods with “The Girl with Green Hair” and “Asleep at the Chelsea” semi-biographical orchestrations of chaos and complex interplay between Bruce’s Hammond B3 Organ and Conrad Warre’s home-made FrankenStrat. The album also contains two heavily re-arranged covers, Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child” and the Roy Buchanan instrumental “Hot Cha” which show off the band’s interplay and musical strengths to first-time listeners. “If it didn’t have serious, and deep grooves,” said Patrick Sanders the band’s drummer and percussionist, “we wouldn’t have dreamed of releasing it.” I'm going to be honest, I have no idea what acid blues is, but I'm listening to some of the tracks on their website right now and I like it. Laid back, great guitar riffs, all I need is”

“In a musician's black-and-white universe the basic view of life is very simple and definite: nothing really matters but 3 Chords & the Truth. The truth according to Bees Deluxe is ornamented on this album with the influences of two Kings (B.B and Freddie), and these three chords are played in many different ways and tell many different stories. The opening original cut, "Crank Part Two," sets a Freddie King "Hideaway" type of mood and the next, Bobby Bland's "I Wouldn't Treat A Dog," shows that this group is a great bar-room band. All songs on this CD were recorded live in the studio and this song illustrates the creative cohesiveness and excitement that comes with hearing good music live. Get the CD to hear for yourself how great this cut is, ok? — AJ Wachtel ”

“From the first few notes of the first track the skill of the musicians is apparent. Within a few more bars it is also apparent Bees Deluxe is about as close to a standard bar room blues band as McDonalds is to fine dining. It took numerous listens to truly appreciate this act.”