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ALBUM REVIEW: "Emergency Situation"


Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers

"Emergency Situation"

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Rod Piazza's howlin' harp attack is a dazzling azure collision of the down and dirty grit of Chicago blues with post-war jump blues' accelerated swing. Dressed like a used car salesman in an Easter parade and under a slick crop of silver, Piazza leads the Mighty Flyers through "Emergency Situation" — a swingin' barrage of classic cuts by folks like Amos Milburn, Sam Myers, and Lee Dorsey, as well as his own material.

The band bops and sways and stays out of the way as Piazza leans on the harp heavy and hard. Piazza is the master of thick, electric, chunky freight train riffs and is easily one of the best harmonicats in the world. And he's got the history to back it up, having cut his teeth as a young man sharing gigs with the likes of Big Mama Thornton, Big Joe Turner, and "T-Bone" Walker. You can hear them in the Mighty Flyer mix along with that amazing harp. The tempo and tone variety in "Emergency Situation" makes it is a swell party platter for your rumpus room, or a soundtrack for cruising around with no particular place to go. Dig...