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Darrell Nulisch - Times Like These

Times Like These

Darrell Nulisch

Severn 2003

Available from Darrell Nulisch's web site.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark Gresser
(dr.blues@netzero.net)

Darrell Nulisch is a very talented and deverse man as fluent on the vocal cord as the Mississippi saxophone. His newest release is a soul disk through and through although a fine helping of Texas heat is found, too. He dips into the well of blue and into the joyous soul of Jackie Wilson with brown sugar smooth singing. Not surprising since Darrell used the same men in the horn section as Jackie Wilson did, creating an exaltation of mellow, driving sound. Emotionally intense and instrumentally excellent, a combination of six Nulisch/Gomes originals rubbing shoulders with classic soul/blues courtesy of Ray Charles, Ashford & Simpson and Otis Redding. The musicians are some of today's best including Steve Gomes' bass, Benjie Porecki's keys, Jon Moeller's guitar and Rob Stupka's drumming. Dave Maxwell provides piano and the horns are silky and smooth yet taut and sharp. The cuts flow from one to the next covering nuance and blue with precision and style. Darrell's resume would support such a work as time with Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets, Mike Morgan and the Crawl and Ronnie Earl and the Bradcasters would serve to sharpen and hone with unique adaptive force. This is a fine fine release. Darrell takes Van Morrison's approach to soul but he mixes in much more heat and heart!

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2003, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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