Grand Marquis review…May 4, 2018….

GRAND MARQUIS

BRIGHTER DAYS

GRAND MARQUIS MUSIC  GMCD 009

ANOTHER LOVER–BRIGHTER DAYS–I’M ON FIRE–NIGHT SHIFT–IT DON’T MATTER–AIN’T NO SPARK–BAD SEED–MANY RIVERS TO CROSS–DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE

Grand Marquis is a six-piece outfit formed in 1998 during the height of the swing and jump-blues revival in Kansas City.  They have an authentic sound, borne of the Prohibition-era speak-easies, heavy on the horns, in a cool hybrid of blues and jazz.  They always make a big splash during the IBC’s,, and, for their eighth album, “Brighter Days,” they take the listener on a sweet sentimental journey from KC to Memphis, with a hard left turn that ends up in the Big Easy.  Nine cuts are presented, with two cool covers and seven originals.

Lead vocalist Bryan Redmond kicks things off with a song that would be right at home down at 926 E. McLemore in Memphis, a fine, horn-heavy, old-school groove, “Another Lover.”  Workin’ on that “Night Shift” for musicians and bartenders alike, is a light-hearted tune set over a N’Awlins groove, with bass supplied by the Sousaphone of Ben Ruth!  The title cut lends more to the jazzier side of the bands repertoire,, where, “when you walk in lockstep with the shadow of death,” you gotta believe that “Brighter Days” are ahead!

We had two favorites, too, both of which close the set.  The band’s version of Jimmy Cliff’s “Many Rivers To Cross” is done in a reverential fashion, more in line with its use as a clarion call to participants in the Civil Rights movement.  And, we finish down at the church on Frenchman Street, with a gospel-fired trip “Down By The Riverside,” where we sho’ nuff “ain’t gonna study war no more!”

Grand Marquis continue to spread a positive message thru their music.  Fans, please enjoy some peace, love, and “Brighter Days” on the horizon!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks so much for reviewing the Grand Marquis record. Hope to come play for Nashville fans again soon:)

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