The Templeton Five - Jam, DJ, Wally, Ya Ya & Jazmyn: Vocals on Popcorn Jack
Recorded by Stefano Amerio at Artesuono, Udine, Italy - June 7, 8, 9 & Oct. 11, 12, 2010
Mixed by Huck Bennert at Dogearz Recording, Portland, ME, USA
Mastered by Mark Donahue at Sound Mirror, Boston, MA, USA
Enrico Crivellaro’s second Electro-Fi release confirms his ascent to the upper echelons of blues guitarists – this set providing 76 minutes of sublime fretwork that will delight guitar aficionados who dote on the instrumental recordings of artists like Ronnie Earl and Duke Robillard.
To help create this masterpiece, Crivellaro is joined by a hot band featuring the supreme talents of Pietro Taucher, (grand piano/Hammond C3/Fender Rhodes) whose playing is permeated with the soul and feeling of masters like Otis Spann, Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith and Big Moose Walker.
Crivellaro pays tribute to many of his blues influences and mentors throughout this set, but never slavishly, only using those influences as a launch-pad for his own individual stylings – for example “Chulahoma” mines a hypnotic, greasy, lowdown funky groove á la Junior Kimbrough replete with jangling piano and Spam-like drums conjuring up visions of a 21st century fife and drum band. “One For Lucy” is permeated with the spirit of Albert King without compromising Crivellaro’s individuality – Earl Hooker’s “Universal Rock” expands on the great man’s creativity without losing the natural essence of his genius – whilst the spirit of Albert Collins swings irresistibly through “Super Cooker”.
Crivellaro is truly a “freewheelin’'” master of his art.