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Sandy Mack Still Going Strong Blues Leaf Records Run Time: 58:10 Mark Hummel, Rick Estrin, Dennis Gruenling, Steve Guyger, Bill Lupkin. Now add Sandy Mack to that list amongst some of the best contemporary harp players. This album is a completely fun affair. It'll make you want to get up and dance without a care in the world. The lyrics and the atmosphere it creates something you don't have to think about to enjoy. Kid Ramos joins in on six tracks and smokes as always behind Mack's swinging harmonica and tongue-in-cheek lyrics. A poor man's Estrin when it comes to cheeky lyrics, Mack dips and jives between swing, blues, loungy jazz, shuffles, and boogie-woogie rock to help keep you in the mood for toe-tapping enjoyment. Mack's harp produces some delicious tones that puts him in the aforementioned good company because he doesn't overplay and he phrases himself to fit the song and not blow it over. His drunken jazz singer delivery (think of a trashed Dean Martin without the smooth vibratto) and masculine bravado, Mack's got a sure fire charm for singing. This one is a good Saturday night dance around your house affair that's sure to leave you smiling by disc's end.
http://www.soundguardian.com/soundguardian/blues-corner/sandy-mack-%11-%22still-goin-strong%22/ Sandy Mack - "Still Goin Strong" Autor: Mladen Loncar - Mike, Cetvrtak, 12 Studeni 2009 Ocjena: Ocjena citatelja: Ha, k' vragu! Proљlo je punih 8 godina od njegovog nastupnog albuma, a Sandy Mack konacno ima novi studijski album Still Goin' Strong, kojeg je preko velike bare upravo prekjucer, 10. studenog ove godine objavila sve bolja i bolja izdavacka kuca Blues Leaf Records. Zahvaljujuci vlasniku ove izdavacke kuce u usponu izvrљnom direktoru Joe Morabia i radijskom promotoru Rick Lusheru, svi zajedno imamo mogucnost љto prije i brћe doci do ovog odlicnog albuma. Nakon punih osam godina i njegovog nastupnog albuma That's What I'm Talkin' Bout Sandy Mack donosi nam 14 novih pjesama koje je snimila sjajna ekipa predvodena Sandyjem i poznatim majstorom West Coast Blues gitare jedinstvenim Kid Ramosom. Pred nama je 14 pjesma deset su autorske a samo 4 obrade su poznatih blues covera. Uceљce Kid Ramosa nije nikakvo cudo buduci da Sandy spaja brojne glazbene utjecaje od jump, swap i Chicago bluesa, jazza, r'n'r, rocka r & b, do jam sessiona. Sandy Mack – usnjak i vokal, okruћio se uigranom ekipom glazbenika koju cine: John Pittas - piano Dave Post, Wilbo Wright, Angelo Mancuso, Dan Mulvey – bas Jumpin' Jack Strobel – organ Andy Reidel, Ron Rauso - gitara Sarah & Maggie Mack, Neugie, JP, Stinky – Back vokali Vic Bayers – bubnjevi A tu je i specijalni gost Kid Ramos na gitari. (Klikni na fotografiju za uvecani prikaz) Ovakvu impozantnu ekipu nije bilo teљko okupiti buduci da Sandy djeluje na glazbenoj sceni New Jerseyja od ranih sedamdesetih pa je imao prigode suradivati sa Southside Johnnyjem , Bruce Springsteenom i Steven Van Zandtom. A onda sve se promijenilo kada je u zimi 1972. godine sluљao pokojnog velikana bluesa Luther Allisona u jednom malom zadimljenom klubu izvan Bostona. Jednostavno ga je osvojio svojim bluesom i Sandy je odlucio da je to to. Od tada blues je njegova jedina ljubav i interes, Sandy je potroљio dosta vremena i uloћio je puno truda kako bi stvorio svoj unikatni blues stil. Danas je on utjecajan glazbenik koji je radio sa mladim kolegama, da bi im pruћio nesebicnu potporu, to je cinio i odlicnom Albert Castiglia i fascinantnoj pjevacici Nicole Hart. Album Still Goin' Strong ima onu toliko potrebnu izraћajnost, snagu te nadasve osebujnu i unikatnu instrumentalnu podlogu. Njegova glazba doslovno prљti od odmjerenog bluesa, r&b, proћetog silnim nabojem i energijom. Svaka skladba vrvi od impresivnih gitaristickih riffova, pasaћa, ujednacene i neopisivo razigrane ritam sekcije. Sve navedeno su glavni atributi, kojima se opisuje izraћajnost i ljepota bluesa. A na kraju krajeva ta ljepota i jednostavnost rezultira atraktivnoљcu prezentacijske forme, koja je na taj nacin obogacena raskoљnim aranћmanima i dinamicnoљcu svake pojedine skladbe. PREPORUKA: Moja slabost je West Coast Blues, pa tako da ovaj album Still Goin' Strong meni osobito dragog Sandy Macka zauzima znacajno mjesto u mojoj fonoteci. Drunked, It's My Life Baby, Shake Dancer, Get Right, Turn My Luck Around, Boogie Now, Ghost Stires, Road Warrior i That's Not Right,samo su neki od mojih favorita a kako bi ugodaj bio potpun, treba sluљati album u cijelosti. Potrudite se i nabavite љto prije ovaj odlican album. Viљe o svemu moћete saznati na: Bluesleaf.com Myspace.com/sandymackband Popis pjesama: 01. Drunked 02. Never Enuff Rockin' 03. Let's Work 04. Life Boat 05. It's My Life Baby 06. Shake Dancer 07. Get Right 08. Turn My Luck Around 09. Boogie Now 10. Wondering 11. Ghost Stories 12. Road Warrior 13. That's Not Right 14. Love Explosion (Blues Leaf Records)
http://www.app.com/article/20091023/ENT/910230305/-1/NEWS10/Shore+blues+acts+compete+in+Lake+Como By RICHARD SKELLY • CORRESPONDENT • October 23, 2009 Harpin' for a cause As far as I'm concerned, local harmonica player, singer and bandleader Sandy Mack is a philanthropist. Every spring, he puts in numerous unpaid volunteer hours to assemble the musicians — and a workable schedule for all of them — for the annual Harpin' Help show, usually held at Bar A in Belmar, and no easy feat. Mack's annual shows raise a lot of money and donations for area food banks. On Thursday, Mack will celebrate the release of his new album for a local label, BluesLeaf, with a CD release party at Paul's Tavern, 1705 Main St., Lake Como. "Still Going Strong," Mack's new album, includes 14 tracks, four classic blues covers and a guest appearance by guitarist Kid Ramos, who has played with Kim Wilson and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Mack's last recording for BluesLeaf was released in 2001, "That's What I'm Talkin' Bout." Mack began playing harmonica in and around Asbury Park in the early 1970s, playing five nights a week at the Student Prince club, where he had the self-described good fortune of running into, and subsequently jamming with both Bruce Springsteen and Little Steven Van Zandt. Mack had a revelation in the winter of 1972 when he first heard the late Luther Allison at a nightclub in Boston. That's when the blues bug bit him for good, so powerful and moving was Allison's performance. "Still Going Strong" will get the marketing and promotional push it deserves from BluesLeaf executives Jack Kreisberg, Joseph Morabia and Rick Lusher when it's released nationally on Nov. 10. Mack has recorded and performed with the likes of Albert Castiglia, Nicole Hart, Sonny Kenn, Dennis Gruenling and other local and regional musicians. Mack's album release party is from 7-11 p.m. on Oct. 29 at Paul's Tavern, 1705 Main St., Lake Como, (732) 280-9411. Mack promises many special guests sitting in with his band throughout the night.
http://a1artistspotlight.com/2009/11/12/113-sandy-mack-%e2%80%93-still-going-strong/ Ever sense Dennis Gruenling turned me on to Sandy Mack about a year ago. I’ve wanted to do a show on Sandy Mack unfortunately his last record That’s What I’m Talkin’ About came out in 2001. In trying to do shows on newer records I waited and hoped he would come out with another record soon. Of course Sandy teased me about this because the record I used for the Dennis Gruenling show was a year older than Sandy’s last record. Up All Night is a Dennis Gruenling record that featured Sandy Mack on vocals. If after you hear this show and would like to listen to why I liked Sandy so much on Up All Night Sandy Mack’s new record Still Going Strong surisingly starts off with a slow grove called “Drunken”. Now, you and I know you never start a record off with a slow song. You start it off with a bang. Someone at Blue Leaf Records must have thought if you start it off with a really strong slow grove you can save your hard hitters for latter. They were absolutely right! “Drunken” is a wonderful song. Sandy said they had the song recorded when Kid Ramos showed up at the studio to add in his part on guitar. The Kid said just play the song and he added his part flawlessly. Sandy, who likes to have a good time, added some humorous lines that make “Drunken” seem a bit drunken. That is the first track and the first reason to buy this record, the second reason is the next track “Never Enuff Rockin”. You’ll hear that in the show. “Let’s Work” is an old cover of a song by tenor sax player Big Jay McNeely, with some fine piano work by John Pittas. It’s a good uplifting song. “It’s My Life, Baby” is the same song Junior Wells did on his second solo record. It’s well done, but the Little Walter song “Shake Dancer” is even better. Sandy on harp and Ron Rauso on guitar really makes Sandy’s song “Turn My Luck Around” sparkle. Again, Sandy adds some of his humor into this song about turning his luck around after seeing some infomercials. This is a really cool song and one more reason you need to buy this record, in fact you can add in all the songs played in the show as good reasons why you will want to own this record. The record ends with another Sandy Mack song called “Love Explosion”. This is the type of song most records would start off with, but hey it’s nice to end on a real high note. Sandy told me he feels he is just an ok singer, harp player, and songwriter, and that his real strength is his ears in hearing how the songs should sound. While I think he is much better than he gives himself credit for he is probably right about knowing what sounds right in a song. There is no real band here Sandy has pulled different musicians to play on the songs he felt they would work best on and has done a very good job of this. The real strength of Still Going Strong is the incredible musicianship and music. Some of the artists play on only a few songs while others play on most of the songs. Below is a list of some of the artists that made Still Going Strong so wonderful. Sandy Mack – lead vocals and harmonica Ira Kaye - drums Kid Ramos – guitar Andy Reidel – guitar (was also on the CD Up All Night) Rod Rauso – guitar John Pittas – piano Jumpin’ Jack Strobel – organ Dave Post – bass Angelo Mancuso – bass Wilbo Wright – bass Jason Ricci says of Sandy Mack : “Sandy’s a great player and a super guy he’s responsible for not only playing some of the best blues in New Jersey but also nurturing local talent and bringing in the best Nationals
Sandy Mack That's What I'm Talkin' Bout http://www.bluesleaf.com/artists/sandymack.htm Vocalist, harpist Sandy Mack ventures out on his first solo effort, featuring some of New Jersey"s finest blues musicians. Eleven songs; nine originals and two covers (Junior Parker's " Keep Holding On Baby" and Roy Brown's "Cadillac Baby") make up this cd. A blues musical stew, it has something for everybody, from the funky opening cut "Credit Risk" to the emotional slow blues of "Game Is Over" to the swing of "Jump Swing Boogie" to the jumpin "Cadillac Baby". Sandy Mack pulls all the strings on this cd to make sure that this is what everyone will be talkin' bout. 1. CREDIT RISK 3:35 2. HOW LONG 3:44 3. GAME IS OVER 6:40 4. KEEP HOLDIN' ON BABY 4:15 5. JUMP SWING BOOGIE 3:08 6. TAKE A STEP 5:27 7. LOVE CONFESSION 5:17 8. CADILLAC BABY 3:45 9. TRAVELERS BLUES 4:47 10. LOVING A STRANGER 4:39 11. COMING BACK HOME 3:23