Lee Palmer 'Like Elway' - On the Fly

The blues get a fine workout on this nine track release from Toronto based musician Lee Palmer. His previous releases were One Take (2013) and 60 Clicks (2014), but with this effort he has moved into a different gear and really raised his performance.

Like Elway is co-produced with fellow band member Elmer Ferrer and the production is really bright and clean with the ensemble of musicians given plenty of freedom to express themselves. Fine guitar work from Ferrer throughout is complemented by the piano, organ and accordion of Lance Anderson, while Lee delivers some fine vocal performances to keep everything bubbling.

The title track features the fine vocals of Mary McKay to great effect, while the rhythm section of Al Cross on drums and David Woodhead (bass) lay down a compelling groove for the other players. Lonely at the Top features harmonica from Roly Platt and the slow tempo of Maybe that’s Why and Life’s a Mess contrast perfectly with the excellent up-tempo Rockin’ This Chair and Axe to Grind. This is an impressive release.