Thursday, June 19, 2003

Review - The Hungry Years

Artist: Popa Chubby

Posted on Thu, Jun 19, 2003 at 4:00 AM

Popa Chubby (aka Ted Horowitz) has been jamming in the Big Apple for well over a decade, and this collection documents the hefty guitarist's lean beginnings. A guitarist in the vein of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chubby incorporates a wealth of rock, blues and soul influences. Although not as imaginative as Vaughan, he displays a passion that is in short supply among his contemporaries. Almost half of these 11 numbers are instrumentals and Chubby provides both contrast and reinforcement to that passion on cuts such as "Lo Han Sway" and "Pipeline." He brings it all together in "San Catri," an extended instrumental. His vocal range revolves around a growl and even that seems to be a bit of a stretch, but not inappropriate given the stage he has chosen. The lineup of his support band changed constantly during these years, but the transition was seamless and the dues he paid in the self-described "bowels of Greenwich Village" provide a rich flavor for his style of blues.

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