Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Bob Wolfman Transitions BMI 2012

The year of the guitar player continues with Bob Wolfmann. Four of the nine tunes here are originals. The great Larry Coryell who also happens to produce this release has two of his tunes covered being "Transition" and "Penultimate." Coryell had the desire to not only showcase Wolfman's vocal chops but his chameleon like ability to adapt to virtually any style laid out.

A good guitarist is made better by a rhythm section that can support and follow the harmonic lead of the guitarist. Wolfman has an "A" list rhythm section including the great Victor Bailey on bass, Kenwood Dennard on drums and percussion and finally Ferdinando Argenti on piano. Coryell also sits in to round out a fabulous session.
Bob Wolfman may not be a name you are completely familiar with but his musical resume includes such luminaries as Chick Corea, Larry Coryell and blues vocalist Toni Lynn Washington just to hit the high notes. Having played on hundreds of recordings as a first call session musician, Wolfman also front his own band touring heavily in the New England area with plans to tour throughout the U.S. this year.

"Listen" is a Wolfman original and a surprising contemporary vibe springs forth. Wolfman's playing is fluid, lyrically driven and with a slight soul edge. The Coryell tune "Transition" changes up the dynamic heading back to a more fusion oriented modern jazz number with Bailey acting as the original soul pumpkin. Wolfman brings it hard and fast, think Bob Wolfman meets Jeff Beck. The Albert King classic "Born Under A Bad Sign" (technically written by Jones, Bell) is the real deal, legit blues guitar at its best. While Wolfman's contemporary jazz style is spot on, the blues rock edge displayed periodically may well be his wheelhouse as to compliment his soulful vocals.

Bob Wolfman turns in a winning performance and with the help of the great Larry Coryell the listener can find out what true six string versatility is all about. A graduate of Berklee with a Performance Degree, be on the look out if he should hit your city soon. A virtuoso talent!

Tracks: Listen; Transition; Trees; Guess Who I Saw Today; Seeds; Sirens; Born Under A Bad Sign; Penultimate; Bailey's Bounce.

Personnel: Bob Wolfman: guitar, vocals; Larry Coryell: guitar; Kenwood Dennard: drums, percussion; Victor Bailey: bass; Ferdinando Argenti: piano.