Someone Like You
Blind Pig Records
In his liner notes
for Someone Like You (Blind Pig), Albert
Cummings writes, “this record is straight-ahead
real from the first note.” That first note signals
that this is going to be an exciting ride.
The opener, "No
Doubt," is a whirlwind of electric guitar mastery.
This is a man who deserves a much larger stage.
Tough, Texas-style ala Johnny W or SRV, but clearly
his own man on his own mission. The
Massachusetts-born Cummings deftly combines
explosive power with subtle nuance.
Produced by David Z
(Buddy Guy Prince) and featuring a dream band of
bassist Reggie McBride (Stevie Wonder, Herbie
Hancock), drummer Tony Braunagel (Bonnie Raitt. Taj
Mahal), and organ maestro Mike Finnigan (Raitt, Taj
Mahal, Etta James), it is Cummings’ most impressive
effort to date. The all original dozen assembled
here have the capacity to bowl the listener over and
entice you in.
Vivino guests on "I Found You," "Little Bird" and
"Meat Locker." The work on the latter two is
exquisite, conversational and articulate. "Meat
Locker" is a two-guitar attack in a style that
reminds of Albert Collins meets Jeff Beck. Finnigan
burns on B3 and the rhythm team is hard driving.
"Finally In Love" is
a joyful song with the great Teresa James on backing
vocals. "I’m In Love" features a lopey and fun lyric
and subtly burning guitar work (“I want to do things
to you to put a smile up on your face”).
"Movin On" is swampy.
Tony Braunagel on cymbals and a way funky solo from
Mike Finngan compliment Cummings’ chugging. "Make
Your Mind" shows the SRV influence strongest and
begs for an 11 on the volume control.
Cummings says that
these are generally all first takes with no
tweaking. That makes this all the more impressive.
For electric volume guitar you’ll find nothing as
Mark E. Gallo