· ULRICH ELLISON - POWER OF SOUL (UEPOS1) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. SPANISH CASTLE MAGIC
02. I DON'T LIVE TODAY
03. POWER OF SOUL
04. ANGEL
05. MANIC DEPRESSION
06. MAY THIS BE LOVE
07. LOVE OR CONFUSION
08. ONE RAINY WISH
09. ROCK ME BABY
10. CASTLES MADE OF SAND
11. LITTLE WING


FORMAT: Audio CD / 6 PANEL WALLET
UEPOS1 - $14.99

Outstanding "Hendrix Tribute Disc" by this excellent, world-class guitarist from Austria which defines true guitar rock artistry with depth, style & vibe. "Power Of Soul" lands seamless, linear & defies gravity with authentic musical respect & admiration. Includes eleven awesome, dynamic adaptations of classic, remarkable, timeless Jimi Hendrix songs performed excellently by Ulrich Ellison and featuring an impressive "musical tribe" of "Special Guests" in the form of Chris Farlowe, Tommy Shannon, Greg Koch, David Grissom, Matt Schofield among others who dig deep & jam together on the "Power Of Soul" disc to celebrate & honor the phenomenal, prolific, visionary music of Jimi Hendrix.


MP3 Sample Clips

01. SPANISH CASTLE MAGIC
02. I DON'T LIVE TODAY
03. POWER OF SOUL
04. ANGEL
05. MANIC DEPRESSION
06. MAY THIS BE LOVE
07. LOVE OR CONFUSION
08. ONE RAINY WISH
09. ROCK ME BABY
10. CASTLES MADE OF SAND
11. LITTLE WING

 

 

· reviews ·

Let’s face it, Hendrix was the finished article - not only was he regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, he’s also one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. His charismatic performances were a breathtaking revelation too. Let’s also remember he was a top songwriter and constantly evolving. It’s a very tall order indeed to meet another artist who can interpret these landmark recordings and somehow meet JH’s elaborate instrumental prowess with energy, passion and power yet give it his own twist - by and large, Ellison has achieved this remarkable feat. Yes, the love pours out for his hero as Ulrich helps advance the narrative of Jimi’s singular, solitary genius. It's a tribute yes but not an emulation, he is a hard-rock auteur with a soulful style bringing his own vision to Jimi's world whether it be the galloping blues of 'Rock Me Baby' fronted by special guest Chris Farlowe or the iridescent sounding 'Angel' which features UK Blues sensation Matt Schofield on additional lead guitar. Ellison's vocals are particularly good especially on the latter as he hits some sweet falsetto notes and does the song justice as it reverberates with joyous confidence. It's interesting to note his choice of material too, yes there are the evergreens like 'Little Wing' where his playful side comes out quoting some of the original licks but also adding his own flavours even sticking in a diminished chord to the usually entrenched chord structure of the tune. It's a delight to listen to maintaining the essence of the man yet still being able to be free, unharnessed and expressive. The North Indian classical intro of 'Manic Depression' adds some intrigue with some nifty tabla playing from drummer, Jason McKenzie, who incidentally lays down a groove (along with bassist Sabine Ellison) that is set in granite for the duration of the album. A tight, well honed power trio that definitely cuts the mustard. 'May This Be Love' is another particular highlight with Ellison's strident guitar playing extending sonic depth and adding density to proceedings. All in all this project is a pure labour of love that shines through with enthusiasm and utter respect done with good grace and tasteful playing. He has set the bar high and picked a great set from the master and with his distinctive interpretations he must be applauded.

Emrys Baird / Blues & Soul (January 2022)
 




 


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