Belgium’s Rootstime Black Cloud Review


Translated from Dutch to English via Google Translation
Trombone, trumpet, bass and those energetic voice including piano playing singer Davina Sowers, even the “hardest working woman in Minnesota called, – 300 concerts a year, it makes this ‘Black Cloud’ album one of the surprises in this time of spring. However, the group had already previously released albums. Nevertheless, due as Davina and her Vagabonds with this album is not in Europe break through, then there is something radically wrong in the sense of justice of the gracious music gods or the concert promoters, because this album sparkles and sways like a summer’s exploding solar flare.

Davina musician and composer, classically trained, began as a child playing the piano and closed since a love covenant with the piano keys with their vitality and spirit of the exuberant New Orleans charging. Her dynamic piano playing along with the golden tones of copper trumpeter Dan Eikmeier – The Dakota Jazz Club – and trombonist Darren Sterud colors this ‘Black Cloud’ album with unbridled lust for life. All instrumentalists sat for a while the music or jazz industry. A guitarist is not there in the club but bassist Michael Carvale with upright bass and cello is a plus for value seekers. And on the jazzy “Bee Sting” with enchanting Davina plays bass ukulele.

The temperamental Davina presents her mix of blues, jazz, soul, dixie and swamp with a brio as she unearths the songs and puurt from a gathering of memories, ideas, impulses and driving forces. She wrote all the songs himself and vary in genre, tempo and feeling. From the first instrumental “Vagabond Stomp” did you want to join and participate to resign, possibly on a run to put in “Start Runnin ‘. Her swirling piano and the horns suck you. Sometimes it’s as if they fire in her texts or blow it on her tongue tastes. Then again reveals herself as a female Randy Newman’s ironic, like the swinging “Lipstickandchrome. Sometimes she shows her vulnerable side along with the tender as “Sugar Moon” with the cello that leads out. The melancholy slow blues ‘River’ with a trombone solo comes across as a guilty confession.

Her unique voice which gladgeschuurde pebbles houses seem to have a magnetic effect, as in “Black Cloud” or the evocative “Pushpin” to the performances of the 1940 remember singers. A hybrid of Marcia Ball and Katie Webster throws it on the piano keys but when the Gospel like “Carry Him With You” performed with only delicate piano accompaniment, awakens in her the soul of Etta James when a love song aanheft. The narrative ‘Let’s Bring It Back’, which is swampy, sultry and cinematic develops, is another highlight. There is no doubt that this singer and her enthusiastic pals Live music will have the same impact as the suction in a New Orleans parade, where the exuberance only just replaced by a more subdued moment when a particular memory pains. It is strongly recommended that the Duvel Blues Festival in Puurs up front.