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ZZ Blues Band

The blues seed sown over the last 25 years in Soraluze (Gipuzkoa, Basque Country), in the concerts organised at the Gaztelupe bar and at the youth club (gaztetxe) continues to produce fruit in the form of the emergence of new bands. In this case, for Gaztelupeko Hotsak it is highly gratifying to release the first songs of the Zuhaitz Zatitxuak Blues Band, a local band that got together in the summer of 2011. After an initial phase in which it fulfilled its function as a leisure pursuit among friends, the rehearsals gradually developed into a Project, and it has presented its R&B, funk and blues in numerous locations in the Basque Country.

The first disc of the ZZ Blues Band has 8 items sung in Basque and English, 8 fresh, happy items bursting with rhythm. The song that gives the group its name opens the recording with a blues melody that will immediately strike the listener as familiar. Feeling R&B combines, in perfect harmony, the funk rhythms and the liveliness of the guitars and harmonica; the musical journey continues with Denbora luzea errepidean, an acoustic item that takes us to the American West and which reminds us of Mikel Garikoitz & Denali; lovers’ quarrels form a genre within black music and the ZZ Blues Band makes its contribution with What if I say, a song appropriated to sing with the audience in concerts; then comes the first of two renderings, the classical Hoochie Coochie Man of the great Muddy Waters: the young quartet is daring with it and rises to the challenge well. Relaxing boogie is just that, a song to chill out, in which the band's members sing with much feeling. Rhythms that can be danced to return with Funky doinuen lurraldean, and the disc finishes with another mythical item, La Grange by ZZ Top, on which the group from Soraluze imprints its own character. Siendo largo el camino, los chicos están encarrilados (the road is long, the kids are on course).


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