Southside Johnny: Walk Away
Southside Johnny with The LaBamba Big Band
Grapefruit Moon: The Songs Of Tom Waits (Redeye CD-BHCD-2008)
Mark Pender (trumpet solo), Richie “LaBamba” Rosenberg (trombone solo).
Composed by Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan.
Recorded: Hoffman Studios, California
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
Southside Johnny Lyon fans have waited years for this dream project. Southside has shown his love for Tom Waits songs such as "New Coat Of Paint" and "Gin Soaked Boy." With some raucous horn charts drawn up by longtime Southside cohort Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg, Mr. Lyon sounds at home here. When Waits himself takes a turn in the second bluesy verse and (especially) when the two men slide into the swaggering chorus, you just know that this is a match made in heaven (or at least in a sleazy motel in Los Angeles). One key change and the guys start "walk way" fours to close things out. It's just too much fun.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski