Little Mike And The Tornadoes review…May 15, 2014…

LITTLE MIKE AND THE TORNADOES

ALL THE RIGHT MOVES

ELROB RECORDS   ER  14232

HARD HARD WAY–PROBLEMS–SINCE MY MOTHER’S BEEN ILL–I GOT DRUNK LAST NIGHT–SAM’S STOMP–A LITTLE ON THE SIDE–ALL THE RIGHT MOVES–THE BLUES IS KILING ME–YOU WONDER WHY–ALL THE TIME–WON’T BE YOUR FOOL.  STUCK OUT ON THIS HIGHWAY–CLOSE TO MY BABY

Our first exposure to Little Mike And The Tornadoes was on vinyl, with their mid-Eighties’ work with Pinetop and Hubert Sumlin.  Always a purveyor of that classic “combo” sound, whenever the big names came thru New York City and needed a backing band, these young men from Queens were the “go-to guys,” for sure.

For their latest album, “All The Right Moves,” Little Mike has re-united the original line-up of The Tornadoes for a thirteen-cut romp thru everything that makes fans fall in love with the blues in the first place.  Little Mike is on the harp and vocals, Tony O. Melio is on guitar, Brad Vickers is on bass, Robert Piazza is on drums, and Jim McKaba is on piano.  These guys are well-versed in different styles and sounds of blues—hey, backing up all the luminaries they played behind meant they HAD to know varied styles.  Check out that “endless boogie” on “These Blues Is Killing Me,’ as Tony o’s guitar plays the call-and-response lines perfectly.  “All The Time” is Mike’s ode to his lover girl, done up in a cool, chicken-pickin,’ funky style.  “Close To My Baby” closes the set and has plenty of Mike’s harp blowing over that sweet Jimmy Reed groove.  Mike breaks out the big ol’ chromatic for a six-minute shot of slow-blues delight in the form of “Stuck Out On This Highway,” and the fellows take off on a West-Coast swing with the T-Bone Walker-ish “I Got Drunk Last Night.”

We had two favorites, too.  The fellows all have a good time with the rhumba beat of the sly-and-sexy “A Little On The Side.”  And, the set blasts off with a cut penned by Tony O. and the late Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and it’s been one of our favorites for a long time, as Mike rips off the stop-time boogie of making  it as a bluesman in today’s economy, “Hard Hard Way.”

There will be all sorts of puns folks will make out of this album’s title, “All The Right Moves,” so we’ll just say this—Little Mike And The Tornadoes wanted to make an album that they’d enjoy listening to.  So, for a real-deal blues band that’s been laying down these sounds for over thirty years, you simply cannot go wrong with this set!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow

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One response to this post.

  1. Thanks for the kind words guys. Mike

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