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MonkeyJunk play more than just the blues on All Frequencies

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Ottawa blues trio MonkeyJunk branch out a little on their Juno nominated  CD “All Frequencies.” The bassless trio play a variety of different  forms of blues which is all good, but they add a little more this time.Click here to hear MonkeyJunk
 While there is still a lot of catchy blues, powered by Steve Marriner’s fabulous harp and baritone guitar, plus many smoking solos from guitarist Tony D,  they have a lot more soul and even some quirky pop/ reggae sounds along the lines of Sublime on tracks like “Je Nah Say Kwah.”

 The  CD begins on a high note with “ You Make A Mess,” and they keep the energy up from beginning to end.

 That baritone guitar just sticks in your gut and it is always a pleasure to hear Marriner’s mind blowing harp. He also has an appealing voice which sounds like a mix of Kenny Loggins and Richard Marx.

 “Once Had Wings is a slower, more tender, but dark Delta blues style number.

 They shine when they turn things up on the ultimately catchy “ Say What,” with the huge sing along chorus “ All Night Long” and a sizzling guitar solo.
I also love the groove of “Sirens in the Night.”
 The last track “Swank,” is a beautiful organ powered jam that borrows a few bars of the Sanford and Sons TV theme, then allows everyone to play tasteful solos.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
CD: All Frequencies
Band: MonkeyJunk
Genre: Blues
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