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Glenn Patrik: Nuthin' But a Thang! (2009)

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From America's heartland, Glenn Patrik sings and plays the kind of blues that made Kansas City a hub where musical pioneers met and exchanged ideas about swing, rhythm, blues, and being spontaneous. It was shortly before World War II and just about the same time that bebop was getting noticed in New York, when Kansas City began its parlay with the blues. Give Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
1920 - 1955
sax, alto
credit for much of that early action along with Big Jay McShann
Jay McShann
Jay McShann
1909 - 2006
piano
, but don't forget the contributions that Bennie Moten
Bennie Moten
Bennie Moten
1894 - 1935
composer/conductor
, Hot Lips Page
Hot Lips Page
Hot Lips Page
1908 - 1954
trumpet
, Count Basie
Count Basie
Count Basie
1904 - 1984
piano
, and Jimmy Rushing
Jimmy Rushing
Jimmy Rushing
1903 - 1972
vocalist
had on this blues style that married with jazz. Big Joe Turner
Joe Turner
b.1907
and dozens of noted singers led the way too, as bluesmen from all over the country traveled through town on the way to New York, Chicago or elsewhere.

Born and raised in Kansas City and a part of today's generation of bluesmen, Patrik carries a genuine hometown swing with his message, allowing the band to ooze comfortably with its rhythmic wave and to cover the territory with finger-poppin' charm. He sings with authority and fills on guitar while coordinating with bass, keyboards and drums in a laid-back affair. Together, they create an atmosphere where blues reigns supreme and Kansas City lends its influence. But there's a lot more going on here, including bits and pieces that Patrik has absorbed from listening to a variety of artists such as Aaron Neville

, Jimmy Reed
Jimmy Reed
Jimmy Reed
1925 - 1976
guitar, electric
and B.B. King
B.B. King
B.B. King
b.1925
guitar, electric
.

On the track "Kansas City," Patrik establishes a swing mood, slows it down considerably for "The Bossman" blues, and delivers "Thang Thang" with funk-driven James Brown energy. Elsewhere, he drives through a field holler, some contemporary blues, and several moaners where he exhibits clear mastery of the guitar. Patrik turns passion into heartbreak and rolls over swing things with a comfortable ease. He's at his best with soulful ballads such as "Friend of Mine" where his sincere approach pays off with meaningful agreement and a cohesive blend that leaves a powerful message.

Track Listing: Don't Call Me Daddy; Don'tcha Know; Kansas City; The Bossman; One More Day; 4 P.M. Blues; Too Blessed to Be Depressed; Thang Thang; Friend of Mine; Last Night; Other Side of Town.

Personnel: Glenn Patrik: vocals, guitar; Ron Anaman: bass, vocals; Rusty Hall: keyboards; Thomas Walker: drums, vocals; Pat Rizzo: tenor saxophone (8); Wayne Smith: bass (3, 4, 7, 10); Nancy Franklin, Joseph Planett: additional vocals (1, 5, 7, 11).

Record Label: Self Produced

Style: Blues


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