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Dave Specter: Spectified

Read "Spectified" reviewed by Nic Jones

Guitarist Dave Specter knows his blues and he has a track record to prove it. This set is, however, more reflective of the extent of his musical knowledge and appreciation for different forms. It's also a rare example of an instrumental set which loses nothing with repeated listens--and its ability to put a smile on the face only seems to grow with each successive spin. “Rumba & Tonic" provides ample evidence--and also how Specter's guitar and Los ...

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Dave Specter: Live In Chicago

Read "Dave Specter: Live In Chicago" reviewed by Nic Jones

Dave Specter Live In Chicago Delmark 2007

Specter is now a cornerstone of the Chicago blues scene and also the Delmark catalog. The label's faith in him is more than justified on this showing as he and his band know that the blues has never been about showy virtuosity. Instead what they bring to the music is taut energy and economy and a collective mode of expression that's right in the pocket. ...

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Dave Specter: Speculatin'

Read "Speculatin'" reviewed by Ed Kopp

Dave Specter is a blues guitarist whose music crosses over seamlessly into the jazz realm. Speculatin' is an all-instrumental album featuring a hot guitar-organ combo playing tunes derivative of Grant Green, the Meters, and various heavyweight blues guitarists.Like his one-time collaborator Ronnie Earl, Dave Specter's playing embraces jazz, gospel, New Orleans funk, Texas blues and Chicago blues. Specter isn't as tone-conscious as Earl, but his style is very similar. Speculatin' is the work of an experienced musician who ...


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