IBBA International Blues Radio DJ's album of the month for August 2018
Nick Steed Five - 'Feeling For The Blues'
Nick Steed has built up a reputation as not only a real showman on stage but as a much in demand piano/organ player performing all over the UK and Europe with a host of great musicians from: 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, Kyla Brox.
His Current band 'The Nick Steed Five' features some of the best seasoned blues musicians currently on the circuit with, Steve Gibson(Drums), Kim Nishikawara(Sax), Peter Mason (Guitar), John Sandham(Bass) with a new album containing 12 tracks of original blues music covering all styles of blues from Chicago, Country, Americana, New Orleans, Blues Rock, Blues Funk also featuring well in demand players such as Norman Beaker & Larry Garner whom Nick also performs with regularly on European tours.
Additional musicians who contributed to the new album:
Tony Nicholls - Piano
Nick Mellor - Slide Guitar
Steve Howie - Trumpet
Linda Jennings - Backing Vox
Larry Garner - Guitar
Norman Beaker - Guitar
Recorded Live at Demon Studio's Mere, Knutsford
Engineer: Mon Duncalf
Besides being a master of the keyboards on piano and organ he is also a great songwriter, which is much in evidence on his new album.
He is in the front line of younger blues men coming through and add this talent to a great showman and you have the full package.' Norman Beaker
'Absolutely wonderful playing'. Gary Husband (Drummer, Jack Bruce, John McLaughlin)
'Such a thrill and fun to perform with you' PP Arnold
STEVE GIBSON (DRUMS)
Having been signed to both Polydor and A&M Records, Steve is a fantastic musician who has worked with many great artists and has literally toured the world with the likes of Ian McNabb (Icicle Works), The Buzzcocks (Singapore, New Zealand and Australia) as well as performing with Jack Bruce, Chris Farlowe, Van Morrison, Maggie Bell (Stone the Crows), Larry Garner (US blues guitarist).
Steve endorses and plays Sakae Drums, Paiste Cymbals, DR Drums & Porter and Davies
KIM NISHIKAWARA (SAX)
Kim Nishikawara is originally from Vancouver, Canada and now lives in Manchester, England. A professional multi-reeds player for over 30 years, ‘formal’ training was at Berklee College of Music studying arranging and composition.
Other notable tours include “Souled on Blues” with Norman Beaker, Chris Farlowe, Cliff Bennett and Herbie Goins, Alan Price, “A Night at the Flamingo” as well as the UK and Europe with Chris Farlowe.
He has featured on many gigs with renowned artists Jack Bruce, Larry Garner, PP Arnold, Mollie Marriot, Long John Baldry, The Powder Blues Band, Downchild Blues Band, Doc Fingers Real Gone Rhythm, Dominic Halpin and Michael Bublé having arranged Michael’s debut album Babalu.
Kim endorses and plays Hanson saxophones.Hanson UK
Peter Mason has known and worked with Nick for well over 20 years and has toured extensively over UK & Europe with various bands from Rock to Funk, Notably Irish rock band 'Toss the Feathers' and incredible player of blues and jazz funk Pete always puts on a great show.
John Sandham is another long time friend of over 20 years that has toured with Nick throughout Europe as well as be part of 'Optimystik Visionaries' prog band, and incredible fretless and fretted bassist, has supported Shakatak on part of their UK tour.