Chicken Shack – 40 Blue Fingers

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If one can overlook Stan Webb’s hyperventilating vocal excesses (which ain’t easy), this is a promising debut, especially noteworthy for Webb’s Freddie King-inspired guitar sting and Christine Perfect’s understated vocals (only two, unfortunately compared to Webb’s six). Webb  does justice to his mentor with two instrumentals, King’s “San-Ho-Zay” and his own “Webbed Feet,” and Perfect  proves the ideal counterpart — one of the few pianists paying homage to King’s longtime collaborator Sonny Thompson. Nice spare sound, typical of Mike Vernon’s Blue Horizon label

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