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Ole Frimer Band: Live In Eppingham

Arguably the most enduring style of music in the modern scene, the blues not only live on, but they do so best on stage in front of an audience. That edict is undoubtedly true on Live In Eppingham, an eight song outing from Danish bluesman Ole Frimer where a selection of five of the guitarist and singer’s own tunes are rounded out by three cuts from the classics of Eric Clapton, Albert Collins and Jeff Beck.

Now, if like me, you’ve never stumbled into a bar being graced by this chap’s guitar prowess then first and foremost, rest assured that the hands caressing the strings are safe indeed. Well, when I say safe, I don’t mean staid or steady, instead Frimer, who also boasts a lived in bluesman voice, simply knows exactly what he’s doing as he builds the authentic air utterly required to make this type of fare as convincing as it is here. In fact, so adept is this performance that good though this album is - and it is - you know that seeing the man in person would be at least ten times better. After all, nothing can replace the live experience for real and with the songs here not all running into one another, even though they were all recorded at the Eppingham Jazz Festival in Germany, some of the flow and feel is allowed to unintentionally slip away.

That, however, is the only down side, the seemingly contained and detailed “Why Are You Stayin’” absolutely bursting with emotion, while the easy groove of “Single City” is impossible not to like. In all honesty, with all five of the original cuts in the set showing the same amount of infectiousness, had the rest of this album been made up of Frimer’s own work I wouldn’t have complained one iota. After all, excellent, authentic music dripping with impeccable tone and touch simply never gets old. But then neither do classic songs and Frimer and his band - keyboard man Niels Ole Thorning, bassist Jesper Bylling and drummer Claus Daugaard - also handle them with aplomb. “Old Love” sounding fresh, yet lived in, “Got A Mind To Travel” able to take you on a sumptuous voyage, while “Brush With The Blues” becomes a full on love affair.

There are a lot of blues guitarists out there vying for your attention. If Ole Frimer hasn’t yet come your way then it’s time to right that wrong. Live From Eppingham would make for an excellent introduction - after all, it has for me - but so too, I’m sure will it delight the man’s existing fans, and you can’t ask for much more than that really.

Track Listing
1. The Clearing
2. Sheltered Roads
3. The Blues Is Here To Stay
4. Why Are You Stayin’
5. Single City
6. Old Love
7. Got A Mind To Travel
8. Brush With The Blues

Added: February 20th 2021
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Ole Frimer online
Hits: 438
Language: english

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