Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Jimmy Dawkins - Transatlantic 770
Though some reports have suggested he has been hard to work with, Dawkins' "Transatlantic 770" nevertheless is a blistering guitar driven Chicago blues affair. Yes, there are horns but they are definitely brushed to the site and do not overtake (as can usually happen) as Jimmy's sharp, stinging electric leads plow their way through effectively throughout this platter. Most tunes are given a slight 70's funk feeling and ballads such as "Think twice before you speak", "The mighty hawk" & "Love and understanding" either use strings or keys (instead of horns) to accompany them which really helps avoid such banal arrangement difficulties. It may seem as though there is not much extended improvisation (though Dawkins comes close on "All for business") but it is not as apparent as other such albums lacking in this department as Jimmy's guitar work is so impressive that one can enjoy the many short lead breaks here just as much as if they had been stretched out a little more. Catchy tunes abound as half the album surprisingly includes Dawkins originals, five to be exact. My favorite parts are the real upbeat numbers like the rocking "Stone dead" and the lightning speed of the closing "No more trouble" which has a very busy bass line job for Bob Brunning but he keeps up the pace tremendously here. This probably doesn't touch the best of it's genere but it sure can't be far off that level.