Blues Evolution

Blues Evolution

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Blues Evolution is somewhat of a virtual band, since its key components -- vocalist Elexus Quinn, guitarist and arranger Ziggy True, and drummer Chuck Kerrigan -- all live in various parts of the U.S., which means this self-titled debut album was put together in home project studios and assembled via the Internet. The end result is pleasant enough, warm sounding, and professional with some effective horn arrangements, and there is more than a little Blood, Sweat & Tears influence on display, particularly with Quinn's vocals, which sound a lot like David Clayton-Thomas. In fact, if you've ever wondered what "A Whiter Shade of Pale" might sound like if Blood, Sweat & Tears had covered it, look no further than Blues Evolution's version here. Quinn does have a versatile voice, though, and on "I'm Gone," arguably the best track on the project, he sounds eerily like Ray Charles, which is probably always a good thing for a singer. In the end Blues Evolution is so smoothly glued together that you wish all these musicians could assemble in one place and play off of each other in a live setting, thereby creating a little ragged interaction, because that is what is missing here, the sound of musicians playing in a room.

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