Personnel: Johnny Dyer (vocals, harmonica); Rick Holmstrom (guitar); Tom Mahon (piano); Tyler Pedersen (acoustic bass); Flaco Medina (electric bass); Steve Mugalian (drums).
Audio Mixer: Rick Holmstrom.
Recording information: Pacifica Studios, Los Angeles, CA (08/10/1994-11/01/1994).
Photographer: Stephen Taylor Hodges.
The veteran Johnny Dyer is a likable singer and an intense harmonica player in the best tradition of Chicago blues, while co-leader Rick Holmstrom is a versatile guitarist who is able to play 1950s jump blues and the later, more rocking variety with equal facility and spirit; his instrumental feature "Tacos De Pescado" is a highlight. While pianist Tom Mahon and drummer Steve Mugalian are helpful in support, the use of Tyler Pedersen's acoustic bass (rather than its electric equivalent) gives this session a traditional swing feel that is quite appealing. ~ Scott Yanow