Blues in the Northwest

March 12, 2006 | BY Grahame Rhodes

This is the release prior to the current 'Fall Changes', coming out in 2005, and features Matt Wilson on drums again, with current band members, Jay Collins (tenor sax) and Chris Berger (bass).

The seven tracks kick off with the swampy grooves of 'Come And Gone', featuring a great saxophone solo from Jay Collins and plenty of Bergsonís fine guitar. This is followed by the country-flavoured 'High Above The Morning', with maybe a nod to The Band along the way.

The album songs were developed while the band had a longstanding residency at Jazz Standard in New York City, and was recorded entirely live in the studio, with no overdubs - impressive stuff indeed.

Possibly the albumís standout track is the medley of 'Three Sisters/Death Letter' - with Bergson doffing his cap to the legendary bluesman Skip James, on a powerful, acoustic solo performance - before dipping into Son Houseís 'Death Letter', and showing his prowess is not just confined to electric guitar.

Elsewhere the band get funky on 'Greyhound Station', with Collins saxophone excelling again, as it does on the sweet, jazzy instrumental 'Up In Buffalo' and the album closes with the title cut of 'Another Day' - a moody piece with Bergson providing a smoky vocal - again a little reminiscent of The Band at their finest.