Monty Lee Kimble - MLK EP

Wednesday 1st October 1997
Monty Lee Kimble - MLK EP

STYLE: Blues
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Cassette EP

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Brazilian born Monty Lee Kimble has pedigree longer than both arms having played with Buddy Miles, Long John Baldy, Black Oak Arkansas, UB40, Mick Jones from the Clash. erm, listen, I'll stop here because I do want to tell you about the music! Take a bit of gospel and some traditional blues and throw in Monty Lee's brilliant straight ahead fluid guitar playing and you get something in the Stevie Ray Vaughan ballpark. This is fabulous! Monty Lee just lets his guitar run away and with a tight band behind him, this shimmers and shakes with bursts of brilliance as he lets loose quickly followed by moments where his control brings it right back to tender blues. This is best demonstrated on the closing song "Decision". Lyrically gospel, reflecting the change in Kimble's life, you get an opening cut "Without A Doubt" which is a runaway train of a blues boogie (if you like Eric Clapton's blues this will appeal to you!). "No Power Too Great" is a good old fashioned gospel blues shuffle with Kimble demonstrating his piano skills next to his guitar. The instrumental "Blind Faith" begins with an opening burst of blues rock before calming into more melodic territory giving us another opportunity to appreciate Kimble's versatility! How does Tony Loeffler keep on discovering brilliant artists? First Wayne Scott Farley and now Monty Lee Kimble! Only one disappointment, this isn't a whole album! Love the blues? Take some advice. Buy this!

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