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Jim Wake and Sleepwalker

Gepost 18 oktober 2013 door Musicagent in Blues(y)

Jim Wake & Sleepwalker have been playing an elusive blend of blues, roots music, and good old rock ’n’ roll since 1994. Even then, they were seasoned musicians just looking for a break. Eighteen years later, they’re still hoping. Clearly then, they’re not in it for the money. This is a band that plays what it loves and lets some one else worry about what to call it. If it swings, if it sings, if it pulls at your heartstrings or just gets you thinking – that’s where it all begins.

It helps that they don’t take themselves too seriously. They season the old themes of love and loss, treachery and abandonment, hard times and cruel women with a healthy dose of irony, and twist forms as varied as country, Americana, gospel and tango to their own not altogether innocent purposes.

Front man Jim Wake is a transplanted American with an abiding passion for old time blues, bebop jazz, and the lyric that tells a story and reveals a barbed or poignant truth. He sings in a melodic growl, writes a goodly portion of the tunes, and plays rhythm guitar and blues harp. Arnoud van Buuren pounds the keyboards and squeezes sounds both sublime and profane from the guts of his accordion. Egbert Kemner’s guitar wails, weeps, slashes, and if it never quite burns, it does often smolder as he weaves his leads in, out, over, under and around the tunes. And then there’s Konstantin Iliev, honking, screaming, caressing, and provoking with his tenor sax. Eelco Flapper on drums and percussion, and Ruud Fransen on bass have accepted the unenviable responsibility to maintain a semblance of order and discipline during the proceedings


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