John Pippus and friends Tim Proznick, Darren Parris and
Ronii Wata (aka project producer Adam Baille) deliver fresh, contemporary,
original blues with a great sense of fun and enjoyment with Wrapped Up In
The Blues. Though traditional and familiar in origination, John Pippus wrote
the words and music for every track on the album except one, delivering
diverse tempos and approaches that get your foot thumping and your
imagination humming. It really is an enjoyable album from start to finish
and is a great example of now-generation blues.
Wrapped is Pippus' third full length album and he has found success touring
Europe and plays frequently around his home town of Vancouver. Having two
releases done, there's definitely a sense throughout the album of experience
and an authentic dedication to his craft, and a confidence that shows in a
willingness to experiment. Like so many great performers he's found a
balance between the familiar and the unexpected, and there's some excellent
thematic development in songs that take you from comfortable spaces to
stimulating new environments.
The real take-away here is the sense of fun and energy that comes through on
every song. Pippus has the attitude and personality to put out an upbeat
dead-on-tempo blues party.
Slower tracks still have a brightness and freshness, and the sound recording
is very well done with with most of the recording having been done at The
Warehouse Studio (owned by Bryan Adams) and a commendable engineering job
done by Josh Bowman.
Never taking himself too seriously, but being serious in his fun, John
Pippus' Wrapped Up In The Blues is a great fresh blues journey. It's the
blues, so there's a traditional sound and feel to the arrangements but
experimentation and diversity of approaches break this album out into a
unique space. Originality and authentic energy make this a release well
worth searching out, very highly recommended. ~Rust Reviews