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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
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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