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Eric Sardinas - Jazz Café, London (UK) - 2nd April 2012

Following his visit to the UK quite a few years ago supporting Steve Vai, and a short press trip in July last year, Eric Sardinas finally returned for a highly awaited comprehensive headline tour. The electrified resonator guitar master, who released his first solo album ‘Treat Me Right’ back in 1999 and his seventh and latest ‘Sticks & Stones’ in 2011, came accompanied by two phenomenal musicians: Chris Frazier (ex Whitesnake, Edgar Winter and Steve Vai, amongst others) on drums and Levell Price on bass.

It was mainly tunes from the aforementioned albums as well as from 2001’s ‘Devil’s Train’ that gave form to a magnificent setlist. The moving ‘I Can’t Be Satisfied’, the contagious ‘Down To Whiskey’, ‘Full Tilt Mama’ and ‘Road To Ruin’, the groovy ‘It’s Nothing New’ and the superb ‘County Line’ - where he used the crutch from a fan as a slide – made for the delight of a grateful audience as Sardinas sang and played the six strings with his blues heart. His particular guitar style knows no limits and dazzled those in attendance during an unplugged (and I mean no amplification even for his resonator guitar) rendition of Robert Johnson’s ‘Hellhound On My Trail’.

Shockingly, the turnout was disappointing, but a magnificent performance by the trio - including a fabulous bass and drum only track and a drum solo - ensured every single person there left satisfied, even without his usual stint of jumping off the stage to walk around the audience whilst playing. The American stands out and tonight was another great blues-filled night.

Mónica Castedo-López


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