Get ready for a good dose of funky blues from New Orleans, seven of the tracks were recorded in New Orleans, with players such as Shane Theriot (guitar), David Torkanowsky (piano/organ/synth), George Porter Jr (bass), Johnny Vidacovich (drums) anchoring the band. One would not expect anything less, as these players are the cream of the New Orleans funk scene. The 3 other tracks were recorded in Washington DC, Scott Ramminger's home now. There the band is Barry Hart (drums), Jay Turner (bass), Dave Chappell (guitar), and Tommy Lepson (organ) and a number of others. Mr. Ramminger does the vocals, wrote all the songs, and plays the tenor and baritone sax. To add further spice to the disc he has the McCrary Sisters; Alfreda, Ann, and Regina, along with Etta Britt doing vocals.
This is one of those albums where there is a strong leader who is secure enough to let his bandmates step up and cut lose. They in turn are a top shelf group of musicians doing all they can to support him. Mr. Ramminger wrote all the songs and they are of a high quality that one would expect. The disc opens with I Really Love Your Smile, taking off with some piano with that wonderful New Orleans feel right where Professor Longhair and Fats Domino left it. No one dominates and all the musicians get their turn in the spotlight in due course. Though Scott does most of the lead singing he does share that spotlight with the McCrary Sisters and Etta Britt on various songs. His music is all rooted in the Blues that comes with that unique New Orleans funk feel to it, with that rolling keyboards and plenty of horns taking the lead. A wonderful feel good disc that has plenty to offer for all.
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