This eight-piece band is based in Calgary, it was active from 1998 to 2004 and then was re-formed in 2013. This is their third CD since. Marty Cochrane is the vocalist, with Gavin Sorochan, drums; Pan Sciore, bass; piano, Guy Plecash; guitars, Terry Medd (who is also the producer and pr imary songwriter); tenor sax, John Reid; trumpet, Doug Zacharias; baritone sax, Paul Evans; the horn arrangements are by Miles Jackson, who also plays piano on some songs. They describe their style as a mix of blues, funk, soul/jazz & roots and have eight new originals and a couple of covers here. Leading off is the appropriately titled “Let’s Go Dancing”, which reminds me of the Downchild song of the same name and is equally inviting. The jazzy “Midnight Shopping” is a treat, a tale of visiting the wrong side of town. Cochrane also plays harp, opening “I Don’t Know” along with Medd’s electric slide, on a song asking about a long life. The funk side is covered off with “My Baby Loves Me”, written by Cochrane. RJ’s “Walking Blues” features Medd’s heavily distorted slide guitar in an arrangement that owes something to Paul Butterfield along with a roaring sax solo from John Reid – something a little different. So is the choice of “Good Night Irene”, with mandolin & accordion up front and the horns in back. Cochrane & Plecash sing a duet with backup singers in a most unusual version. Cochrane is a very good singer and the songs are well written & arranged. The horns don’t actually get many solos here but they sure sound good. Their web site is www.bluesland.ca.

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