First Class Blues Band - Brand New!

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In the 1990’s, the First Class Blues Band was already one of the top blues bands based in Germany, with two critically acclaimed CDs on Acoustic Music Records. But by the new millennium things got quieter for the band made up of US expats and German musicians, due to numerous other musical projects of its members. Although they still played together occasionally, it wasn’t until recently that new management and simply the fun and the quality of their concerts led to increased activities of the First Class Blues Band, which now culminate in their new studio CD at hand.

The five first-class musicians have recorded a well-rounded mixture of mostly lesser known covers as well as five original blues and R&B songs. Included are, for example, Tommie Harris’ masterful interpretation of the slow blues “I Kicked The Habit”, plus a catchy R&B-number of his own that sounds like it was recorded in 1962 in Detroit at Motown Records. Kevin DuVernay sings “Lady Luck” by Lloyd Price, in whose band Kevin’s grandfather played bass way back when. The New Orleans sound of “Lipstick Traces” and the swamp groove of “Zydeco Boogaloo” are also new facets of an already very versatile band.

Christian Rannenberg’s exquisite piano playing, the dynamic yet sensitive guitar mastery of Jan Hirte, Thomas Feldmann’s honking saxophone, the unfailing beat of the rhythm section Harris/DuVernay (who have been working together for over 30 years now), plus the convincing vocals by all band members – with its outstanding, exhilarating Blues and R&B, the First Class Blues Band still more than lives up to its name.


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recorded: 2013
time: 49:08

Christian Rannenberg: piano, hammond organ on 2, 10; voc. on 8, 11
Jan Hirte: guitar, voc. on 10
Thomas Feldman: tenor sax, baritone sax, harmonica, voc. on 3
Kevin DuVernay: bass, voc. on 4
Tommie Harris: drums, voc. on 2, 6, 9

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