My last couple of posts have featured CDs from established artists, with lots of great blues. Today, there's plenty of good music, but from a younger, newer band out of Memphis called Darren Jay & the Delta Souls.
Jay is a Florida native, who's moved around a bit, and at 32, a young player on the blues-soul scene. But he's put together a sharp little band, aided here by a few great Memphis horn players (even Wayne Jackson of the actual Memphis Horns), and they're playing some first-rate blues and soul.
Right away, on the opening instrumental "Rider," you can hear the fierce strut of the guitars and organ. The next track, "Workday Blues," throws in some horns and chugs along in a furious groove that manages to be soulful and bluesy all at once. "Too Late Baby" is a sturdy blues that rides a rippling organ break. . "Everybody Get Together" is a nicely paced little shuffle.
You get the idea -- there's a lot of good music here. It's loose, but tight. It's enthusiastic. What's more, it's put together by a bunch of musicians who know what they're doing.
With a couple of exceptions, where the band re-creates a pair of disparate classics -- "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Tin Pan Alley -- the music is all original. Jay shows quite a flair for putting together an album full of tracks with lots of instrumental juice and vocal strength.
It's a fine first outing, especially a self-produced outing.
Check out the these Souls if you get a chance.
Here's a video (audio) of "Too Late Baby":