Review: Kim Wilson

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Kim Wilson
“Lookin’ For Trouble”
(M.C. Records)

This is Kim Wilson’s first studio album after a 6-year hiatus. Wilson continues to move away from his pop-blues roots in The Fabulous Thunderbirds into a more substantial, club blues sound with rougher edges. The original music on this album, like the title track (in two versions) and “Tortured” nestle nicely next to the nicely chosen covers. Examples of these covers are “Love My baby” (Willie Dixon), “Hook Line and Sinker” (Dave Bartholomew) and “Tried to Ruin Me” (Snooky Pryor).

This album was recorded in two sessions in different states with different drummers (Steve Ramsey and then Richard Innes). Several tracks are beefed up with a horn section that includes “Sax” Gordon Beadle (tenor saxophone), Doug James (baritone sax) and Scott Aruda (trumpet). This is an energetic album with a vintage vein that keeps it genuine while the energy keeps it jumping.