Mike Goudreau started out a few decades ago leading this band and although he’s released many CDs on his own, he continues to stay close to the Boppin’ Blues brand of horn-led swing blues. Those horns are still by founding members Dany Roy on sax and Maxime St-Pierre on trumpet. Lorrie Goodman, from Goudreau’s solo bands is the organist. New names include John Sadowy on piano, Alain Bourgeois on drums, Olivier Lizotte on bass trombone and bassist Norm Lachapelle. Steve Soucie adds keyboards on a couple of songs. I’ve often thought of this band as a Quebec version of Downchild, so similar is their approach and the opener is even called “Bop Till You Drop”. Credited to Goudreau and with a wonderfully different horn arrangement, it mines that same rich vein. “Sweet Blues” moves away though from that sound on an excellent song to his girl, full credit should go to Roy & St-Pierre for those horn charts. “Get A Real Job” must have been around for a while, being a conversation with his Dad about putting down that guitar. Thankfully he didn’t. “Good Advice” adds a little funk and a solid solos from most everyone up front in a song that quickly rises above the clichés. “Last Call Blues” is the slow one in this set, an instrumental for just guitar, piano & sax that shows just how good these players are. “Time For Messin’ Around” is a party song with a very good line about leaving the car at home – a new version of the title song from one of his solo albums. “Long Gone” takes the disc out rocking, with a guitar/organled goodbye to his girl. There’s also a jazz piece, “Dues For Lou”, some R&B in “Gonna Find Somebody Else” and “When You’ve Got Friends”, all very well sequenced. Goudreau shows no sign of slowing down. Go to www.mikegoudreau.com.

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