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Thanks to Gill McKay for translation
Translated from the German by Gill McKay, www.mckay2consulting.com
Nick Steed is one of those musicians you always turn to when you need a reliable accompanist who really knows his stuff and who, if necessary, can also lead a band. The British pianist who has worked with the likes of Van Morrison, Chris Farlow, P.P. Arnold and countless others has now brought out his own album, and Feeling For The Blues certainly hits the spot. Steed dabbles with Delta and country blues, moving on to blues rock, Americana and ending up in New Orleans. He brings in a brass section, backing vocals, gets funky – and proves that he really has a knack for writing catchy but never cliché-laden melodies and underpinning them with just the right groove. His ballads are also far from being off-the-peg, and it is these that always provide a special yardstick for the ability to compose a good song. Of course, someone with Steed’s professional orientation will also invite a few guests on board. In his case, it’s Larry Garner and Norman Beaker, who himself is a go-to man when someone needs an excellent musician to join them on tour. It’s strange – too little attention is paid to these people who so often unselfishly lay the groundwork for their more famous colleagues. It’s great that Nick Steed has once again shown us how bands without stars can also provide us with superb music.
by Karl Leitner
Nick Steed has built up a real reputation in Great Britain and actually throughout Europe as a session pianist and organist. He played with a large number of leading musicians such as Norman Beaker Band, Larry Garner, Chris Farlowe, Sonja Kristina (Curved Air), Pete Brown(Cream Lyricist), Steve Ellis (Love Affair), Van Morrison, PP Arnold, Mollie Marriot, Corky Laing (Mountain), Gary Husband (Level 42 / Jack Bruce), Dennis Chambers (Santana / Parliment Funkadelic), Steve Hackett (Genesis ), David Sancious (Sting), Ginger Baker, Lulu, Jeff Berlin, Trevor Horn, Malcolm Bruce, Cliff Bennett, Johnny Mars and Kyla Brox.
His current band The Nick Steed Five is a mishmash of the best contemporary blues musicians at the moment. Drummer Steve Gibson, Kim Nishikawara (sax), Peter Mason (guitar) and bassist John Sandham form the basis for the NS5. The new album 'Feeling For The Blues' contains twelve original songs and also contains a lot of different styles of music, ranging from Delta blues, country, Americana, New Orleans toned tunes, blues rock and funk .. As special guests we have guitarists Norman Beaker and Larry Garner two experienced rot in the technical jargon.
The swinging 'Supercar Loan' may open the dance. Mason's guitar riffs and the horn section are immediately in the spotlight. Nick Steed has, in addition to his piano virtuosity, an incredibly pleasant voice. And that is what 'Boom Baby Boom' inspired by the New Orleans miracles does. From a different battle order it is funky 'Cas It Is What It Is' and the ballad duet 'Take Your Home' with Linda Jennings. 'Feeling For The Blues' is then again handsome soul blues. The horn section is also omnipresent in the piano 'Hot Shot Lady'. From the emotional ballad 'I'm On A Roll' it's quick to the New Orleans motivated 'Cold Hearted Woman' and the blues slow 'Just Singin' The Blues'. The extremely funky nailing 'Who's To Blame?' And 'In The Room' are pretty danceable chapters. NS5 concludes with the finely-crafted ballad 'Cryin' For You ', which has been coloured with respectable guitar riffs and Nick's Hammond organ tunes.
Nick Steed Five has a very diverse and handsome album to promote. Hopefully we will see this five somewhere in a blues club or festival somewhere in the country.
by Philip Verhaege
FULL AUDIO 30 MINUTE SHOW HERE(in Italian) https://4d.rtvslo.si/arhiv/interviste-redazione-musicale/174559499?jwsource=cl
Nick Steed Five - Feeling For The Blues... the band! The groove!, Puff huff Rock & Roll!! but it's not just truly fine musicianship & blues but some great SONGS here that Van Morrison or Mark Knopfler wouldn't shy from. An album far richer than its cover & graphics."
Keyboarder Nick Steed is the frontman of the formation Nick Steed Five ( NS5 ). In addition to "Feeling For The Blues" came in 2013, the EP "Looking Through The Blues" on the market. Of the four songs on this disc, three tracks traveled on the record with "Hot Shot Lady", "Boom Baby Boom" and "I'm On A Roll". But the songs were rearranged. They also released "[...] a live festival album recorded featuring the NS5 band called 'Keeping the Blies LIVE' [...]« . Not only in the British blues scene you play together. This is how guests feel on "Feeling For The Blues"With. On Norman Beaker's album We See Us Later Nick Steed plays the keyboard instruments. As far as the songs are concerned, almost without exception we hear original compositions. "Take Your Time" was co-written with Norman Beaker and "Cryin 'For You" was written by K. Nishikawara / D. McCann / N. Steed . The band name indicates that the group plays in quartet format.
Right next to Norman Beaker there is another guest guitarist in the first track . Nick Mellor uses the bottleneck on his six strings, and as if strung on a string of pearls, this JJ Cale- inspired track features one solo after the other. Relaxed atmosphere, great song! The opener is not the only song with Nick Mellor involvement. Other slide sounds await you on "I'm On A Roll" and "Cryin 'For You". The quartet also includes saxophonist Kim Nishikawara, He travels in different pitches of the woodwind instrument and not only puts his stamp on many a song through his solos. Sure, the bandleader can not be ragged and has, as far as his keyboard sounds, almost the donor pants on. Particularly noteworthy are the contributions of the two musicians in the slow-moving title track "Feeling For The Blues". The stage, which offers itself to the wind, he uses really profitable and who is on the saxophone in blues, is served well with this album. Kim Nishikawara is omnipresent.
Norman Beaker plays the role of accompanist and soloist again in the "Shuffle" rhythm of "Cold Hearted Woman" . Linda Jennings is the backing vocalist and she fills her role perfectly. The soul in her voice has something. But Nick Steed can also fully convince with his singing.
The dance legs serve the band especially in the funk piece "Who's To Blame?". Here it is turbulent. We almost hear a saxophonist and Nick Steed out of control. Great number! Praise has already been distributed for the guest guitarists. Pete Mason is the Nick Steed Five tribe guitarist and he definitely hits a heavy rocking or soft-jazzy tone as well. Since the front man has a really good musician in this position.
The blues of the combo is rich in variety and the joy definitely ignites on the second audition. A recommendation for all the 12-stroke fans, which are quite on large-format sounds by Kim Nishikawara , who in places with Steve 'Howie' Hallworth still has a trumpeter at his side.
By Joachim 'Joe' Brookes
Delicious dozen of barely bridled rhythm-and-blues from British ivories-tinkler and his posse of merry gentlemen.
This sort of music has rarely made it onto record since the era when Money and Fame – Zoot and Georgie, that is – roamed the barroom circuit; only Nick Steed, whose piano upped the gusto on NORMAN BEAKER BAND’s "We See Us Later" in 2017, doesn’t really care about a period flavor, charging instead for the sheer passionate pleasure. With his chosen genre, it’s all down-to-earth, of course, albeit not mundane, so while reveries are well-grounded here, the group’s panache is on the loose, and collective delivery matches the songs’ subject perfectly.
The slow, lyrical uplift under “I’m On A Roll” may sum up the twelve cuts in quite spiritual terms, but not before the funky stumble in “Cas It Is What It Is” and “Who’s To Blame?” – which can be seen as tasty excuses for the album’s flawed elegance yet, actually is the album’s grace – has prepared the listener for some sweet assault. There’s also the brass-smeared irony of “Supercar Loan” where slider caresses Steed’s purring organ and unpretentious voice detailing the toils and troubles of a hard-working dreamer until piano skittles enter the playful frame to unhurriedly drive “Boom Baby Boom” to delirium. Yes, the drift is that funny, if not without an occasional sad twist.
Slowing down the pace to get emotional on “Take Your Time” and let Hammond roar like a thunderstorm, and filling the title track with honeyed soul, the ensemble go bleary-eyed on “Cryin’ For You” and “Just Singin’ The Blues” to display their command of traditional idiom. They take care of temperature balance, too: the quintet wrap the Beaker-abetted shuffle of “Cold Heated Woman” and the boogie of “Hot Shot Lady” in a rave-up, Nick’s running for a romp, and apply a heavy swagger to “In The Room” – the result being a blissful wigout which should linger on-stage for a long, long time. That’s the only period Steed cares about in order to spice it up and rip the joint – once on the roll, there’s no stopping the artist.
By Dmitry M Epstein
Gary Husband(drummer) Jack Bruce tribute Shephards Bush Empire O2
'Such a thrill and fun to play with you'
P P Arnold (Singer)
'Its about time we heard music of this level being performed again, love it!'
Francis Dunnery (It Bites Guitarist)
'Absolutely Brilliant playing,superb choice of music'
'You guys are one of the tightest sounding bands i've heard, loving your set!'
Jason Orange (Take That)
Nick is willing to travel in and around the UK, Scotland, Ireland, Europe and worldwide: Altrincham, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bradford, Burnley, Burton-On-Trent, Buxton, Cambridge, Cheltenham, Chester, Chesterfield, Clitheroe, Colwyn Bay, Congleton, Conway, Coventry, Crewe, Cumbria, Derby, Doncaster, Durham, Dublin, Edinburgh, Fife, Formby, Glasgow, Gloucester, Guildford, Hereford, Heswall, Huddersfield, Hull, Lancaster, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Luton, Lymm, Malvern, Manchester, Mold, Nantwich, Newcastle-under-Lyne, Northwich, Northampton, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Oxford, Oswestry, Preston, Reading, Runcorn, Scotland, Salford, Sheffield, Shrewsbury, Skipton, Southport, Stafford, Stockport, Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent, Swindon, Telford, Wakefield, Warrington, Whitchurch, Widnes, Wigan, Wilmslow, Winchester, Windermere, Windsor, Wirral, Wolverhampton, Worcester, Wrexham, York, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Clwyd, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Gwynedd, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Lake District, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Merseyside, North Wales, North West, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Notts, Shropshire, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Wiltshire, Windermere, Wirral, Worcestershire, Yorkshire
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