Hydraulic Groove

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers' guitarist, Rick Holmstrom, takes a sharp left turn on his third solo disc. Instead of churning out the traditional West Coast blues he's schooled in, he dives headfirst into the acid jazz/funk pool. While employing loops and samples may scare away his core audience, Holmstrom and producer Genome who also contributes keyboards utilize them to make the music even grittier, raunchier, and more swampy than you'd expect. While the blips, bloops, and brittle percussion that provide the landscape over which Holmstrom lays his fluid guitar lines are a far cry from the straight-ahead blues and boogie he's accustomed to in his full-time job, it ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers' guitarist, Rick Holmstrom, takes a sharp left turn on his third solo disc. Instead of churning out the traditional West Coast blues he's schooled in, he dives headfirst into the acid jazz/funk pool. While employing loops and samples may scare away his core audience, Holmstrom and producer Genome who also contributes keyboards utilize them to make the music even grittier, raunchier, and more swampy than you'd expect. While the blips, bloops, and brittle percussion that provide the landscape over which Holmstrom lays his fluid guitar lines are a far cry from the straight-ahead blues and boogie he's accustomed to in his full-time job, it shows he's willing to expand boundaries in creative ways. Clearly indebted to the Meters on the bulk of this album's funky groove, Holmstrom samples Rufus Thomas' spoken word to punctuate the percussive and keyboard whirlpool of "Shake It, Pt. 2." There's even more processing on the DJ Logic remix of the cut, one of four bonus tracks tacked onto the disc's final 20 minutes. John Medeski makes an appearance on the closing eight-minute jam, "Hamp's Hump," which further solidifies the acid funk sound. Holmstrom occasionally adds vocals on "These Roads," electronically treating his voice, which further highlights the break from tradition. "Pee Wee's Nightmare"'s spacy effects throw the music into a time warp led by jazzy leads vamping over the synthesized loops. "My Maria" works off the beat of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "Going to a Go-Go" and is the disc's most R&B-ish vibe. Depending on your allegiance to roots music, the appropriately titled Hydraulic Groove will either be a forward-looking, genre-exploding work or a misguided attempt to introduce blues to another younger audience. In either case, it's never boring and shows that Rick Holmstrom is one of the most challenging of contemporary blues guitarists; one who remains steeped in tradition yet is not afraid to take chances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 711297210323
  • Catalog Number: 849129

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 These Roads (3:41)
  2. 2 Bobo the Hobo (4:48)
  3. 3 Last to Know (4:32)
  4. 4 Pee Wee's Nightmare (5:11)
  5. 5 Shake It, Pt. 2 (3:44)
  6. 6 My Maria (3:44)
  7. 7 Back It Up (3:13)
  8. 8 Gravy (3:11)
  9. 9 Harlan Shuffle (3:38)
  10. 10 Tell Me (2:58)
  11. 11 I'm Gone (3:49)
  12. 12 Roll Tape (5:23)
  13. 13 Shake It, Pt. 2 (3:45)
  14. 14 Knock Yourself Out (2:56)
  15. 15 Hamp's Hump (8:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rick Holmstrom Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Donny Gerrard Background Vocals
Stephen Hodges Percussion
Iki Levy Percussion
John Medeski Organ
Jeff Big Dad Turmes Bass, Horn, Baritone Saxophone, Acoustic Bass
Steve Mugalian Percussion, Drums
Ron Dziubla Horn
Donny Gruendler Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Johnny Dyer Introduction
Rick Holmstrom Producer
Rob Schnapf Engineer
Jeff Big Dad Turmes Engineer
Caroline DeVita Art Direction
Don C. Tyler Mastering
Richard Barron Engineer
Dan Hoal Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    blues grooveadelic

    Picked this one up after seeing Medeski sat in on a couple tracks. This album is rooted in the blues but does everything right to move beyond and expand the format to create something original and cutting edge. The soulful solos and sporadic samplings are a winning combo. Never heard of Rick Holmstrom before this album, but this disc is in heavy rotation at home and in the truck. Solid grooves fueled with soulful organ and original guitar solos that go beyond the usual and mundane. This is a creative evolutionary step of the blues. Check it.

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