Blues BroTher Cliff Moore ✪✪✪✪ ✪
Sibling of the late Gary, Cliff Moore is a busy musician around south west England and Europe. Gary would regularly drop in and trade licks with Cliff’s band and many a good night was had in WestonSuper-Mare! Blues Brother is, in Cliff’s words, “...a tribute to Gary in as much as it features songs that I wrote which were inspired by him, plus some covers by the artists we both listened to and talked about.” Cliff sets out his stall with slow blues Find My Way segued with Robert Johnson’s Crossroads. It’s moodier and less rocky than big bro might have done it and this more authentic vibe sets the tone of the album. Cliff’s playing is punchy and aggressive but with only a hint of Gary in evidence. Production is simple and honest, but minor ballad Dead Man’s Shoes’s unexpected maj7s and Stevie Wonder vibe is very cool - great solo, with moody bends and speedy flourishes! Blues-rock staple Going Down, and Hendrix’s Little Wing/Hey Joe combo sound great, but it’s the slowies, such as Cliff’s lovely Blue Tomorrow and Larry Carlton’s delightful It Was Only Yesterday that get the hairs on the neck going.