Review: The Working Musician

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The City Boy Allstars follow in the hallowed footsteps of such New York City Bands as Dreams, Blood Sweat and Tears, and The Blues Brothers. They mix blues, soul, jazz, and funk with horns and a lot of sweat. Started by guitarist/leader Mike Merola at the close of 1988, they took a seventeen year break starting in 1997. But in true “Blues Brother” tradition, Mr. Merola put the band back together and recorded a live album at The Cutting Room in New York City on August 28, 2013. The thirteen piece band contains top New York Session players Lew Soloff (trumpet), Tony Kadleck (trumpet), Andy Snitzer (sax), “Blue Lou” Marini (sax), Tom “Bones” Malone (sax, trombone), Rob Clores (keys), Nick Saya (drums), Dan Sadownick (percussion), Angel Rissoff (vocals), Bill Kurz (vocals), Al MacDowell (bass), Horace Scott II (vocals). In the hiatus, two of the original members passed (singer Frankie Paris and bassist Keith Lambeth).

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Written by Roger Z.

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