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Eddie Turner - The Turner Diaries
Northern Blues NBM0036

"The Turner Diaries" may only be Eddie Turner's second album, but the Cuban born, Chicago based guitarist has a long blues pedigree. Most recently this includes a five album stint helping to define the Otis Taylor sound, and a well-received debut album, "Rise".

It is not difficult to spot Turner's guitar influences. Hendrix,
Peter Green (Green Manalishi era), and Carlos Santana can all be heard at various points. The Hendrix influence particularly dominates the opening psychedelic blues, "Dangerous", with Turner's vocals also echoing the great man. That is not to say that the albumis all up-front hard rocking psychedelic blues: Turner mixes things up nicely in terms of both tempo and power on a good collection of strong original songs. Alongside the more psychedelic material, jazz ("Cost of Freedom"), funk ("New Day"), and Latin ("Confessions") influences are openly on display. He even almost goes mainstream with "Jody" where he almost veers into popular music territory. The straightest blues song is saved till last, though: a very classy interpretation of "I'm Tore Down". Turner shares the vocals, and the song is driven along in nicely complementary fashion by walking bass, brushed drums, and Turner playing slide.

"The Turner Diaries" shows that Eddie Turner is a good singer/songwriter and a first rate guitar player hailing from the rockier end of the spectrum. Turner implicitly knows that what you do not play is as important as what you do play. The solos are invariably tight and neat, making a point, but never stretching it too far. A lot of blues rock guitarists would do well to listen and take note. Those who appreciate the likes of Michael Powers will find plenty to admire here.

Rating: 7 - Gordon Baxter

From: Blues in Britain



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