Soul Monster

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All Music Guide - J. Poet
Rod Piazza has been leading the Mighty Flyers since the early '80s, and on this, his fourth album, he's still doing what he does best, making down-and-dirty music that pays tribute to the bluesmen of the past while delivering choice originals that may one day be considered as highly as the standards they tackle. Case in point, "Cheap Wine," by Rod and his wife, pianist Honey, is a second-line stomp that pays tribute to low-rent thrills. Honey's strutting piano and Rod's harp complement the polyrhythmic groove of drummer Dave Kida, while Rod turns in a loose, boozy vocal. "Tell Me About It Sam" is a remake of a tune called "Blues in 92" played as a tribute to Rod's pal Sam ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Poet
Rod Piazza has been leading the Mighty Flyers since the early '80s, and on this, his fourth album, he's still doing what he does best, making down-and-dirty music that pays tribute to the bluesmen of the past while delivering choice originals that may one day be considered as highly as the standards they tackle. Case in point, "Cheap Wine," by Rod and his wife, pianist Honey, is a second-line stomp that pays tribute to low-rent thrills. Honey's strutting piano and Rod's harp complement the polyrhythmic groove of drummer Dave Kida, while Rod turns in a loose, boozy vocal. "Tell Me About It Sam" is a remake of a tune called "Blues in 92" played as a tribute to Rod's pal Sam Meyers who passed in 2006. Its lyric about the inevitability of hard times and tight money sounds even more timely in 2009; Rod's harp solo is big, bold, and blue, and his singing's full of anger and anguish. Honey's piano work is just as dazzling, with fast right-hand runs tossing of sparks to highlight her husband's deep blue tone. Two instrumentals let the band show off their considerable chops: "Expression Session" is a shuffle that displays Rod's playful side, with Henry Carvajal's guitar trading phrases with Rod as the tune closes, while the title track is a slow, grinding, gritty blues marked by Rod's gruff harp and Carvajal's clanging, chattering guitar. The covers span the entire history of the blues starting with Big Bill Broonzy's "Key to the Highway," a secular spiritual that's played here as a slow shuffle marked by Rod's weary vocal, Honey's late-night piano arpeggios, and Carvajal's measured rhythm work. Jimmy Liggins' "That's What's Knockin' Me Out" is given a gentle swing treatment while the Piazzas duet on the early rock & roll standard "Ko Ko Mo." Carvajal sings lead on "Talk to Me," a hit for Little Willie John in 1958, bringing the same soulful, tear-drenched tone to his performance that made the original so affecting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/2009
  • Label: Delta Groove Prod
  • UPC: 850021001384
  • Catalog Number: 134
  • Sales rank: 153,132

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Soul Monster - Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers (3:54)
  2. 2 Can't Stand to See You Go - Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers (3:36)
  3. 3 Cheap Wine - Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers (5:15)
  4. 4 Key to the Highway - Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers (4:27)
  5. 5 Sunbird - Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers (4:02)
  6. 6 That's What's Knockin' Me Out - Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers (3:21)
  7. 7 Tell Me About It Sam - Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers (5:36)
  8. 8 Queen Bee - Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers (4:08)
  9. 9 Expression Session - Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers (2:54)
  10. 10 Ko Ko Ko (I Love You So) - Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers (4:24)
  11. 11 Talk to Me - Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers (4:36)
  12. 12 You Better Watch Yourself - Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers (3:28)
  13. 13 Hey, Mrs. Jones - Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers (4:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rod Piazza Primary Artist, Harp, Vocals
Miss Honey Bass, Piano
Jonny Viau Tenor Saxophone
Dave Kida Percussion, Drums
Henry Carvajal Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Rod Piazza Composer, Liner Notes
Jimmy Reed Composer
Jimmy Liggins Composer
Randy Chortkoff Executive Producer
Honey Piazza Composer
Joe Seneca Composer
William Lee Conley Broonzy Composer
Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers Producer, Audio Production
Jake "Vernon" Porter Composer
Walter Jacobs Composer
Eunice Levy Composer
Forest Wilson Composer
Robert Hadley Mastering
G. Preston Boebel Engineer
Joshua Temkin Artwork
Segar Charles Composer
Robert L. Ragan Composer
Marion Charles Miller Composer
George Allen Smith Composer
Forest Wilson Composer
James H. Moore Composer
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