Andre Bisson’s latest cd Bad Scene is the exact opposite of what the title suggests. This release should be titled Great Scene as it’s a terrific cd. It’s already been selected as Best Canadian Rhythm & Blues Album of 2013 by Blues Underground Network.
Andre Bisson and his band, often referred to as the J Tones were formed in Hamilton and they’re all graduates of Mohawk College’s Applied Music Program. They are Brad Cheeseman on bass, Matt Burns on drums, Francis Smith on sax, and Loretta Hale on trumpet. Andre and Loretta have made several successful European tours and the name Andre Bisson is quickly gaining international recognition.
For Bad Scene they’re joined by guests Jesse O’Brien on keyboards (Hamilton Music Award winner for his playing on this cd) and Mohawk’s Darcy Hepner on tenor sax, as well as additional horn support from Andrew King and Kevin Matthews.
Primarily a blues cd, BAD SCENE is not afraid to tread in different waters. Funk, soul, rockin electric blues, and R&B are also in evidence. Led by Bisson’s creativity, this is a cd that goes where it wants.
The cd opens with the title track of Bad Scene and from the opening horn blast you know this cd is going to rock you. Bisson’s powerful, earthy voice is featured but is amply backed up by killer horns that drive this tune.
Tunes of Note:
Wasting Time is a rocking blues composition that features some slick guitar licks by Andre as he bemoans a one-sided love desire.
Timeless Love features a superb tenor sax solo by Andre’s former professor Darcy Hepner, who previously played with Blood, Sweat and Tears.
Ever Since She Went Away is a real ballsy blues tune. Bisson’s guitar howls off the top but once again his voice becomes the driver of the song. His voice has become richer and grittier the more he records, and Andre himself says that’s because he’s becoming more comfortable in the recording studio.
When I’m Gone and Take A Look at Yourself are upbeat tunes that keep you coming back to this cd over and over again.
No More Lies slows the pace down dramatically and shows Bisson’s vocals can handle a ballad just as well as a rocking tune.
And then there’s Remember, a Jimi Henrdrix tune. Hendrix was one of Andre’s early influences and he salutes his idol with a solid rendition from Hendrix’s first album, Are You Experienced?
Bisson’s composing and lyric writing are top notch. He knows how to wring the most of his music and vocals.
‘People are always searchin
They don’t even know what they’re looking for
Cause no matter how much they’re given
They’re always on the search for something more’
Well the search is now over. Bad Scene is the answer to searching for a great blues cd.