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Roomful of Blues: Under One Roof

That motley crew of road warriors known as Roomful Of Blues has come up with another solid offering in Under One Roof (Bullseye Blues 9569; 60:29). Fronted by the spunky vocals and harmonica of Sugar Ray Norcia, Roomful kicks in a variety of blues-based contexts from the driving opener “She’ll Be So Fine” to the slow blues “Still Livin’ In Prison,” from a Basie-esque reading of “Smack Dab In The Middle” to a swinging Big Joe Turner-flavored “Switchin’ In The Kitchen” to the Fats Domino-flavored novelty number “Rogue Elephant.” Guitarist Chris Vachon gets to strut his stuff on the aptly-named “We B 3,” a Stevie Ray Vaughan-styled power trio rocker with bassist Ken “Doc” Grace and drummer John Rossi. And trombonist/producer Carl Querfurth gets to blow on the album’s other instrumental, “Q’s Blues.”

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