Dean Haitani - Talk To Me
Order Number HRDM0013
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Dean Haitani has been no secret to the blues cognoscenti for a long time. And with his earliest influences ranging from classical & jazz to country, he exemplifies the ability of the blues genre to absorb and blend & make whole. Haitani is a gifted guitarist/vocalist & songwriter who grew up on the VIC/NSW border & began learning music from his father at the age of five, soaking up those diverse styles. By 15 he had his first band, & by 17 was offered the guitar spot in Tania Kernaghan's band. Cover bands,blues bands and solo gigs have honed his craft to a polish that reflects a bright future in the crystal ball. This is Haitani's first album & it's fifty minutes of listening pleasure. Eleven of the twelve tracks are originals, the odd one out being a cover of Don't Let The Devil Ride (traditional blues) being a 6.5 minute version, showcasing some stunning axemanship on electric guitars. My standout is the five-minute plus Sea Runs Dry, a long slow blues in the classic style that turns your heart over and puts it back all shiny & new. There is kickass blues (My Old Lady), and some big anthemic numbers such as Always A Woman, that are accessible enough to reach a wide audience. Haitani switches to acoustic guitar for Getting Busy and twelve string for Shepherds Warning. The title track is an irrestible shuffle that bounces along for almost four minutes. Chris Wilson's production is quality, & his piano/Wurlitzer/Hammond & percussion have a great complementry quality. Paul Gadsby (bass), and Roger Bergodaz (drums) make up the band with guests such as Cassie Crawford (backup vocals) and Steve Williams (harmonica) and Hide Hara (trumpet).".
Rhythms Magazine Oct 2002.