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Dan Patlansky - Move My Soul

2009-09-02 16:18
Dan Patlansky

But it’s the strongest album I have heard this year. Of any kind.

Blues junkies would call it ‘versatile’, but for me, that’s too detached. It is a fully-realised album, sometimes caressing, sometimes rampaging, that begs to be listened to as a suite.

Think of it as a series of in-your-seat, out-of-your-seat-and-on-the-table moments. “Big Things Going Down” is the latter, a momentous epic that floats through ten minutes of peaks and troughs as if it was thirty, and still ends too soon. Faster, less compromising, and more fun with a glass of “fruit” juice, is the rapid lovin’ of “That’s Alright Mama”. Then there’s “Backside of Paradise”, a slow-cooked cauldron of hoodoo and voodoo that invents the perfect origin story for Patlansky himself:

They say I was born on a stone at night
Jammin’ to the blues

Albert Frost will have something to say about it, but Dan is South Africa’s most prodigious, virtuosic guitar talent. Ask any recent All Black about the ‘T’ word, though, and they’ll tell you: talent doesn’t mean squat without end product. Move My Soul is Patlansky’s final-winning performance and it should be his Webb Ellis Trophy. Now he needs to find a little luck, or perhaps make some of his own: time to hit the Crossroads.

Don’t forget to read the label: Move My Soul is a blues album.

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Bruce 8/28/2009 5:53 PM
As a pro guitarist myself, I can affirm that Dan is one of S.A.s greats. Also he's a great guy. I'm buying this album, without bothering to listen to it first. I too hope he gets lucky.
ruston hornsby 8/31/2009 4:13 PM
Keep on with your sterling work - it's blues at her best - and then some
Trace 9/1/2009 2:18 PM
loved the epic 10-minute tracks. Go Dan!
Kobus 9/2/2009 10:31 AM
You HAVE to see him live or you havent lived.
Mystic 9/2/2009 11:30 AM
He is absolutely WORLD CLASS unlike most of the local wannabees who can only do tributes like gulpie. Kobus you are spot on.
Mystic 9/2/2009 11:31 AM
He is absolutely WORLD CLASS unlike most of the local wannabees who can only do tributes like gulpie. Kobus you are spot on.
Bra G 12/25/2009 6:00 PM
"World Class" that often misused and abused term to describe something or someone "extraordinary" finds a comfortable place and home when it comes to conveying the best way of describing the excellent musicianship of Dan Patlansky. My chest puffs a little and I walk a little taller when I know this boy is one of Mzani's very own. Good on you Dan! Peace, Love and Justice, Bra G
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