in Charlotte, North Carolina guitarist Joe Lindsay is influenced by
his idols Curtis Mayfield, Buddy Guy, Larry Carlton, Prince, Hiram
Bullock and Miles Davis. As diverse as his influences are his
performance styles with jazz, funk, rock and blues. He worked for
James Brown, Roy C and Howard Hewett, jazz stars Ronnie Laws, Brian
Simpson and Tom Browne and many more.
He just released his debut album I Wanna Groove,
which is available at
CDBaby. He received support by Rischard Jenkins
and Skip Walker (drums), Calvin Richardson and Carey Sims (vocals),
John Dillard (bass), and Marcus Anderson (flute, sax). The
collaboration with these musicians didn't come from a vacuum, but
from a growing community. The Berklee graduate doesn't conceal with
the title song his musical origins. The roots lie in the funky
seventies and eighties.
With the groovy Let's Do It sets Lindsay
first accents. Another contributing factor is Marcus Anderson with
his impressive interpretation on flute and saxophone. Con Savor
takes echoes of the Spanish guitar. The vocals remind me of Steve
Oliver's accompaniment style.
Underlaid with a black bass Let It Rain
thrilled by its flow. Not only Lindsay's guitar excursions but
the groove are
the main features of success. With Nobody's Gonna Love You
presenting singer Calvin Richardson Lindsay
unveils his romantic streak.
On Break Time
Lindsay also knows how to generate, by
repetition of a motif a tension that takes the listener under the
spell. The true mastery Lindsay shows up in the
sovereign dominance of various instruments on Your
Eyes, that he brings in a well
planned concept. At Mighty Fine I would prefer real horns
instead synth sound. Lindsay shows his true strength in the musical
composition and its implementation. North Tryon St.
and Gift From Above are good examples.
I Wanna Groove stands out from its competitors with catchy
melodies, which, despite the limitations in production have an