Album Review of
Take it Off Slowly

Written by Joe Ross
January 8, 2019 - 12:00am EST
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Originally from London, Dana Gillespie has recorded over 65 albums since the 1960s. With this project, she shows her dedication to a classic style of sultry blues. Collaborating with Vienna-based Al Cook and his band, Gillespie’s “Take It Off Slowly” emphasizes the “old dirty and risqué Blues, once known as ‘Party Blues.’” It’s an ideal partnership that allows us to experience both covers and original material in a manner much as it would’ve been presented in a smoky club decades ago.  It’s toe-tapping roots music that emphasizes sassy vocals, suggestive themes, veteran experience and solid accompaniment of resonator guitar, piano, drums and bass. All of the songs hold true to staunch traditional roots, with Gillespie and the band earnestly delivering songs like “He's Just My Size,” “My Handy Man” and “He Cooks Up A Storm.”  (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)