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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Robi Zonca And His Band feat. Luther Kent 2006 Magic Box Live

Genre: Blues
Rate: 128 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 01:15:20
Size: 68,84 MB

Italy United States

Review by Alex Henderson

European blues fans, like European jazz fans, are a highly enthusiastic bunch; they aren't nearly as large a group as the European rock audience, but they are quite devoted. And Europe has given us some talented blues artists. Among them: Sven Zetterberg from Sweden, Ana Popovic from the former Yugoslavia and Robi Zonca from Italy. Of course, being Italian does not mean that a bluesman is obligated to play with Italians exclusively -- and on Magic Box (which was recorded live in Zonca's home town of Bergamo, Italy on March 9, 2006) singer/guitarist Zonca and four fellow Italians (guitarist Stefano Galli, bassist Paolo Legramandi, drummer Marco Sacchitella and keyboardist Antonello "Jantoman" Aguzzi) are joined by New Orleans bluesman Luther Kent.

Although Zonca and Kent share the lead vocals, Kent sings more often -- and Zonca's American guest is in very good form on performances of Big Joe Turner's "Flip, Flop and Fly," and Willie Dixon's "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man." Like a lot of people in the modern blues scene, Zonca is blues-oriented without being a blues artist. He has rock and R&B influences as well, and this Italian concert reflects that. Kent's soul credentials are obvious on inspired performance of Benny Latimore's 1974 hit "Let's Straighten It Out" (which is bluesy soul or soul-blues, not straight-ahead blues), Bobby "Blue" Bland's "Nothing You Can Do" and the Meters' "Hey, Pock-a-Way" (a prime example of Crescent City funk). Before this live recording, Zonca provided some studio recordings that are worth owning. But Magic Box is more essential, and it is the most logical album to start out with if one if making his/her first Zonca purchase.


01 - Bob's Intro 01:59

02 - New York City Blues 04:09

03 - Nothing 05:01

04 - Just A Little Bit 04:31

05 - I Will Love You Anyway 05:30

06 - Flip Flop & Fly 06:14

07 - Teeny Weeny Bit 04:12

08 - Let's Straighten It Out 07:52

09 - Sick And Tired 04:32

10 - 99 Woman 07:16

11 - Hoochie Coochie Man 05:57

12 - Big Legged 04:40

13 - Nothing You Can Do 05:41

14 - Pocket Way 07:46

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