Slinky and P’Tit Loup review…August 8, 2018….

SLINKY AND P’TIT LOUP

ZONE BLEUE

PHONECTOR LC 13752

MY BABE–HIGH AND LONESOME–THESE BLUES–SUGAR DADDY–HOW LONG BLUES–IS YOU IS OR IS YOU AIN’T MY BABY–BLUE LIGHT BOOGIE–MY BABY LEFT ME–RIVER BOAT SONG–MARRIED MAN BLUES

From deep in the heart of Germany, near the Dutch and Belgian border, we have just received the latest release from the critically-acclaimed duo of Slinky (Williams) and P’Tit Loup, this one entitled, “Zone Bleue.”  Slinky and Loup have been together since 1972, when they were classical guitar students in Cologne.  They’ve been performing as a duo since 2014, with a slight departure from the norm for this set.

Slinky is accomplished on guitar and mandolin, and has a vocal style that brings to mind two of our favorites.  Imagine Diana Krall and Ilana Katz Katz with that sexy, sultry, Euro-brogue, and that’s Slinky’s sound!  P’Tit Loup is also adept on guitar, and has a mellow tenor vocal that melds well with Slinky.  For this set, we are also introduced to the talents of acoustic bass man Joe Leduc, making this a formidable trio.  Four of the cuts were laid down at Tonstudio Gutthoff, while the remainder were recorded at the duo’s home studio.

Leading off is the classic “My Babe,” with a fingerpicked backing from P’Tit Loup.  Jimmy Reed’s “High And Lonesome” has P’Tit Loup on the vocal, with Slinky’s mandolin giving this one a good ole Johnny Young feel, and was one of our favorites.  Slinky gets in a playful mode, extolling the virtues of her “satisfaction guaranteed,” “Sugar Daddy,” one of her originals.  They get in a downright rockabilly groove with the Sun-splashed “My Baby Left Me,” before getting back into that light-hearted swing, with another original, the tale of “enjoying him as long as you can, ” those “Married Man Blues!”

Our other favorites rocked with a steady roll.  First up is the Louis Jordan classic, about that guy who’s always late, “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby!”  The other is Jesse Mae Robinson’s story of that legendary party where yo do “the boogie real slow with the blue lights way down low,” the great “Blue Light Boogie!”

Slinky and P’Tit Loup create a timeless set of jazzy, swingin’ blues with universal appeal. Enjoy a sweet journey down to “Zone Bleue.”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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