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Al LermanAl Lerman
Album: Slow Burn
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 12

Al Lerman is a Canadian blues musician of more than 40 years standing. He plays in various bands on either harmonica or saxophone. This is his third solo album, recorded in Toronto, featuring eleven original compositions, where he plays guitar and harmonica.

It kicks off with a gospel-tinged Don't Push Your Mess On Me and straight away the harmonica stands out.

The world weary It Takes Me All Night Long is Al's take on getting older. It's a slow slinky blues with rolling harmonica.

A change in direction for Bad Luck Blues, with its Latin-tinged piano groove, telling the story of a bank raid in Havelock, Ontario many years ago. This is smooth blues at its finest.

Gonna Have To Wait kicks off with harmonica and features some neat guitar work. It is a catchy radio-friendly track. Now That Your Man's Gone is another piano-fuelled bluesy romp, Totally Out Of Whack is a slower song with lovely drums with echoes of John Lee Hooker. Younger Man than Me is the most jazzy blues on the album. It features one of the most tasty harmonica breaks I've heard in a while. Lovely.

Any Way You Want is a tasty upbeat song, Tattoo Like You has a swampy voodoo feel, Better Off Taking Chances is another classy blues, with some tasty guitar fills.

The only cover on the album is Kokomo, a delta blues classic, that moves along sweetly.

Slow Burn is the only instrumental to be found here and is a lovely guitar and harmonica piece and the perfect way to bring this classy album to a close.

John Knighton