Nick Moss produced the monstrously good new Kilborn Alley Blues Band's Better Off Now* (here) and then turned to his own style of rocked-out blues in Privileged, a CD that shears off the Chicago groove and amps way up. This is his 8th studio release, and the guitarist has chosen to trace back to the old masters: Free, Zep, Hendrix, Cream, and all the cats who took to the soul of Peter Green and Fleetwood Mac (via Mayall) in order to stomp harder and wilder, tearing the backbone out of the windy city's blues base, transplanting it to England and L.A.
Moss pays homage to both traditions in covering Louise and She's So Fine as well as Politician and For What It's Worth, chestnuts, pork 'n beans staples all. Ah, but catch that multi-guitar action on Georgia Redsnake, where he combines shout and stomp in swingingly sinuous lines, shading the repeating motifs with a loosey-goosey slide doubling up the rockin' seriality. Politician takes Jack, Bruce, and Ginger, then tosses some Leslie West in (and Moss' voice isn't all that far from Leslie's, once you take out West's basso gravel) with a bit of Jeff Healey.
Nick's take on She's so Fine clearly shows where the Who got their Eyesight to the Blind base (uncredited by Pete 'n the boyz), but he jumps Jimi into the mix as well and solos his brains out, two cuts later completely turning Stills' (& Buffalo Springfields') classic upside down, placing a generous Memphis measure inside it. Closing another solid release from Blue Bella comes an extended (7:52) instrumental with one of the coolest titles around, Bolognius Funk, where our boy tears loose and turns in a bluesy Buck's Boogie, traveling the length and breadth of the fretboard in dazzling improv.
What? Ya need more than that?
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