Posted on February 22, 2016 by Kevan Scott
Dave Specter
Message In Blue
Delmark; 2015

Chicago jazz/blues guitarist DAVE SPECTER’S stock in trade is gutsy, Magic Sam/Otis Rush, Chicago blues, incorporating Kenny Burrell and Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac) styles.

On “Message In Blue”, his tenth outing, and the first in the last four years. He is joined joined by recently late (Jan. 2016), gospel/soul vocalist, Otis Clay, whose intensity is on display with the Chicago classic, “Got to Find a Way”. also, Clay’s passionate vocal on wilson Pickett’s 1967 track, “I Found a Love”.  Another stand-out track, “Chicago Style”, features the Clapton like vocal of keyboardist, “Brother” John Kattke, a catchy tribute to bluesman, past and present who have made the “windy” city a blues mecca. “Chicago Style”, is definitely worthy of national airplay.

Again, SPECTER’S incendiary guitar lines inspires dramatically charged singing from Otis Clay.

Many of the tracks offer a jazz-tinged styling. Other tracks, such as the New Orleans, Meters tinged instrumental, “Funkified-Outta Space”, whereas, “Jefferson Stomp”, displays Dave’s prowess on slide guitar.

The whole album has a warm, unified flow to it. A delightful piece, is “Message in Blue”. Half is instrumental, the rest vocals from Clay & Kattke.

Ultimately it is the guitar of SPECTER’S, that swings, bites and slides through everything.

A pleasurable listening experience from a seasoned player who has been at the Chicago blues scene since the 80’s

DAVE SPECTER is a regular performer at Buddy Guy’s legendary blues club in the city, where the wind is referred to as “the hawk”.