Saturday, April 27, 2013

Cazadero - Old Friends

Joe Hayes (Guitar, Vocals)
Spencer Potter (Lead Guitar, Alto Sax)
Nate Cavalieri (Keys, Percussion)
Nate Baker (Bass)
Jon Wujcik (Drums)

Cazadero out of San Francisco recently released their LP ‘Old Friends’ a beautifully crafted album filled with Alto Sax, Slide and Petal guitar, piano, and organ. Joe Hayes has a great voice that blends perfectly with the excellent harmonies from all the members, and delicious vocals from Nika States (on Below Zero, Ain't So Bad, and Jenny Jones) The songs have feel good melodies that slip effortlessly between country, blues, folk and jazz.

From the haunting beat heavy ‘Below Zero’ (available free below) with stirring guitar riffs, Floydish harmonies, and the slide and honky tonk piano combo with Nika and Joe duet on ‘Ain't So Bad’ it moves to a jazzy roadhouse song  ‘Last Mine.’ On ‘Jenny Jones’ the organ takes on a carnivalesque intro while Joe sounds a bit like John Lennon and again Nika adds her gorgeous harmonies on this slow touching ballad. ‘You Have Passed’ is a great bluesy number reminiscent of a JJ Cale and Leon Russell song with Gata adding Harmonica and vocals. ‘Old Friends’ the title track and ‘Midnight Picnic’ have a Key West laid back funky kinda vibe. The closing track ‘Pious Companion’ is an instrumental with a cool Ennio Morricone feel to it which you all know by now really tickles my fancy. Jon Wujcik on Drums and Nate Baker on Bass both anchor the band while at the same time seem on the verge of improvisational flourishes at the drop of a riff.  I highly recommend you pay this band some attention.

released 09 April 2013
All songs written by Joe Hayes (ASCAP), and arranged with Spencer Potter and Cazadero, except Pious Companion by S. Potter.
Joe Hayes (Guitars, Vocals)
Spencer Potter (Slide & Lead Guitar, Pedal Steel, Alto Sax, Vocals)
Nate Cavalieri (Piano, Organ, Percussion, Vocals)
Nate Baker (Bass, Tambourine, Vocals)
Jon Wujcik (Drums, Vocals)
Sam Edmondson (Solo Guitar on Below Zero, Last Mine)
Nika States (Vocals on Below Zero, Ain't So Bad, Jenny Jones)
Gata (Harmonica, Vocals on You Have Passed)

Produced by Joe Hayes with James Riotto
Engineered and Mixed by James Riotto at Tiny Telephone
Mastered by JJ Golden
Album Art, Concept & Design by Jason Tors

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