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JEAN SHY & THE SHY GUYS
The Blues Got Soul
King Edward Records 77711

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Jean moved to Germany from her native Chicago in 1980 and has established a strong reputation around Europe since that time. That should not surprise56 anyone, as she already was well-known, having signed for Chess Records at the age of 12 and recorded for Brunswick Records later. Her strong – very strong - gospel based vocals are well-represented on this largely live CD, recorded mostly at an open air concert in Duisburg, Germany. She sings the blues beautifully on items such as 'One Day' and the wonderfully soul-drenched 'Never Loved A Man'. Fans of the heavier side of the music should go for the ten minutes long 'Rock Me', whilst 'Old Time Rock 'n' Roll' is just that, a chugging, boogying rabble rouser,  a couple of other tracks recall the driving sound of eighties classic rock. The accompanying musicians are a very talented bunch and there are also examples of soul and funk, so that overall the album betrays a fine modern approach, with Jean not afraid to reach out top those who may feel a little trepidation at tackling an out-and-out blues set.

There is plenty too for those who do want just that though. And the closing 'Amazing Grace' proves that Jean's gospel roots are certainly not neglected.


---- Norman Darwen


 

 

January/April 2009,  Blues Art Journal, Switzerland, http://www.bluesart.at
Article link:  http://www.bluesart.at/NeueSeiten/CDReview+2009+Jan+Feb+March.html

 

 

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