Something about this CD takes me back to April 1975, specifically to a warm and sunny afternoon when my college cohorts and I decided to blow off philosophy class. As I remember it, we anchored some speakers in the window of our second-floor dorm room, grabbed a frisbee and some beers, and blasted Delaney and Bonnie, Cream, Robin Trower, the Allmans, Little Feat and various other blues-rock bands until well after dark. It doesn't sound very exciting, but I recall it as one of the few perfect days of my life.
CeLange sounds like the kind of band we frisbee-tossing longhairs would have listened to on the quad back in 1975. I may be middle-aged and a bit too respectable now, but I haven't lost my taste for crunching blues-based rock. New York City's CeLange delivers a classic-sounding brand.
The group's name is derived from the surnames of its co-leaders, guitarist Gary Celima and flautist Sue Lange. It's a bit unusual to find a blues-rock band co-led by a flautist, but truth be told, the flute interludes are few and far between here. Fortunately Ms. Lange is a sexy singer who sounds like a less sleepy version of Deborah Harry. Furthermore, Celima plays scorching blues guitar, and the two rhythm sections that appear here are both highly capable.
Favorites include a fiery version of Willie Dixon's "Spoonful," a melodic and lyrically inventive blues reverie called "Change My Ways," and the title track, which rocks out with an attitude. Celima is a bad-ass guitarist similar to Jimmy Thackery. Throw in Lange's heartfelt vocals, and this is a tough-minded, raw-rocking blues band from The Big Apple, a city not normally noted for its blues.
I hear CeLange is great in a live setting, so I intend to keep my eyes and ears on them.
| Record Label: 11th Street Records
| Style: Blues
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.