After spending some time with Green Fever by Tom Ivey I think it’s safe to say that this music is conducive to being heard live. The funk/rock/blues band plays music that makes you want to get out of your chair and bust a groove. Tom Ivey (vocal/guitar) is backed by Mike Broaders (bass), Dan Kendall (drums) and Mark Stow (guitar).
They kick things off with a very James Brown ’70s style song called “Green Fever.” Now this is a good way to start off an album. The song takes no time to get groovin' and is packed with a guitar solo, catchy vocals and a slick, pristine feel.
They continue with a funky groove on “Cut The Fuse.” On this song the band displays how dynamic they are. They go from playing subdued to locking right back into the groove. “Harlequin Step” steps back from the funky grooves. This song is strummed on acoustic guitar and lead by an impressive vocal performance.
They get back into the funk with “Should Drop” while “Separate Ways” has some of that blues flavor. As the album progresses they mix it up just enough to keep you engaged. “Moving Air” is pure Stevie Wonder style ’70s funk and arguably the highlight. They start to approach the end of the album with “ I Will Be There” and “James Street.” “James Street” has some great guitar work. Don’t miss this one.
I can’t say Tom Ivey and his band are reinventing the wheel by any stretch of the imagination. That being said they write good songs and also are technically impressive players. Overall, Green River is an easy album to appreciate. Recommended.
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