Tomorrow, the second album by talented guitarist-vocalist Andy Poxon, is sure to be a great addition to any blues lover’s collection. Full of soulful guitar, soaring vocals, grimy B3 and keys, and a downright funky horn section, Poxon’s latest release will catch the attention of anyone who loves the blues.
Full of swing tunes reminiscent of the Count Basie era, slow triplet-based blues ballads and up-tempo shuffles, Poxon displays his mastery of the genre. The band is outstanding, and Poxon’s guitar lines are extremely mature. He is a talented player, and is always full of fresh ideas, regardless of the tune. His vocabulary is impressive, containing elements of blues, country, rock, and even a hint of bebop. Moreover, his soloing is always melodic and engaging to the listener. Poxon’s voice is beautiful: clean, soothing and fresh.
The album kicks off with a classic, grimy blues in “Too Bad.” The title track, “Tomorrow” is a slow, blues ballad featuring harmon-muted trumpet and bari sax. “Carol Anne” is a Pure Prairie League-sounding southern rock tune that gives the album a hint of regional flavor. “One More Time” is a nice pop ballad that adds variety to the album. The album ends with a Kenny Burrell inspired jazz instrumental, “Jammin’ At Lakewest,” which shows that Poxon is equally comfortable in a straight-ahead jazz setting as in a blues context.
The album is rather long: 14 tunes, most of them ranging from 4-6 minutes in length. That being said, each tune adds a special flavor to the album, and all of them are worth listening to. This is a very good album, and has everything: a great band, a talented vocalist, strong compositions, and a fabulous guitarist.
The Review: 8.5/10
Can’t Miss Tracks
– Too Bad
– Carol Ann
– Jammin’ At Lakewest
The Big Hit
– Too Bad
Review by Nik Rodewald