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<a href="">What Colour Will You See, by The Paul Garner Band</a>

This is far from straight blues. In fact, it’s far from straight anything. For whatever it is, it comes with a distinctive twist. Or perhaps that should read a double twist. The first comes in the instruments which include Telecaster, Hammond B3 organ and double bass (the former two being the main protagonists); the second, in the performance which is a sort of mellow jazz-funk.

The interesting aspect of the double twist is that, although the instrumentation is almost an anachronism, the style of performance is rather progressive. Even the wilfully, delightfully untraditional “(I’ve Got My) Mojo Workin'” and “Hoochie Coochie Man”, the sole cover songs, retain the style of super-cool gloss layered over a dark heart.

On this, the band’s second album, the effect is achieved by combining scattergun percussive explosions with a brief offering of Garner’s elegant vocals before the instrumental exploration launches into full flight. This is when the music becomes most interesting, and obviously recorded live, with much of the album comprising musicians sparking off each other with a louche verve.

What Colour Will You See is an epic, freeform, chronologically-mongrel triumph. The band is Pink Floyd for the 21st Century, or Jamiroquai for those with taste; most importantly it’s refreshingly, unrestrainedly ambitious.

Jonathan Blackstaffe
Blues In Britain, Issue 89 - Jun 2009

It’s always a pleasure when you hit upon a CD that takes you by total surprise, especially when it’s home grown talent. The Paul Garner Band are a young four-piece band from London, and, on this, their debut release, they show an incredible maturity, with a unique and refreshing approach to the Blues. Their sound is clean and crisp, and the analogue production quality shines through at every moment, with great instrumental separation. The quality of musicianship is mightily apparent from the off, with heavy doses of fantastic Hammond organ interspersed with Paul Garner's excellent stinging Lead Guitar breaks and solos, all held together by great double bass grooves. Despite having an overall funky jazz feel to it, the collection of songs incorporates a variety of styles, all with first class songwriting and arrangements. Of the eleven tracks featured, nine are originals, plus two good ol’ Blues standards delivered in a way you’ve never heard them before. Although born in England, Paul grew up in New Zealand and only moved back in 2005, since then he has found himself in demand, playing throughout the UK and Europe with some of the UK’s top bands, as well as supporting Jools Holland and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. On the strength of this CD, I think he’ll be retracing those steps, but this time with his own band.

Steve Hoare
Blues Matters! Issue 49 - Jun 2009