Michael Dowdle

From the Hip

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Making waves in the early nineties with his melodic funk fusion textures, Michael Dowdle offers both a sweet and subtle acoustic touch in between hip hop and electro blues. There is jamming galore on energetic gems like "At the Backstage," "After the Wall," plus a simmering piece which takes the listener "Out of the Blues." While there are a few memorable bits of ear candy, Dowdle's real strength comes as a player, especially on the electric, and his production is top notch. A few of the compositions run into each other, but the only really uninvolving tune is the staid "Old New Yorker," which attempts to be thoughtful but induces sleep instead. The audience craved more, but Dowdle's solo career went to sleep soon after.

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