Sunday, March 20, 2011

"The Mathematics of Love" - Peter Parcek 3 (Vizztone)

By Malcolm Kennedy 
The Mathematics Of Love
The Mathematics of Love features Steve Scully-drums and Marc Hickox-bass along with Peter Parcek on guitar and vocals; but this is not your average power trio. You won’t find a bombastic assault of solos; you will find a rather more nuanced approach to a wide variety of music. I found information on Peter and the band rather difficult to come by; however the music speaks for itself and the BMA nominators felt the same giving The Mathematics of Love a nod for 2011 Best New Artist Debut as did the Boston Music Awards who nominated him for Blues Artist of the Year. 

Parcek has been playing his trade in the New England region and as touring band leader for Pinetop Perkins for a period. The Mathematics of Love opens with some electric Delta slide of the wicked order on Peter Green’s “Showbiz Blues.” Parcek keeps things in this low down groove for the title track. 

A couple of my favorite cuts, both originals, featured an alternative line up with Mike Levesque playing drums on both and with Danny Morris on electric bass and Jesse Williams on acoustic for “Tears Like Diamonds” that has a mellow JJ Cale like feel (of whom I am a huge fan) and Peter singing ‘I cried tears like diamonds, froze before they hit the ground.’ The second, a down home blues titled “New Years Eve,” features Ed Sporrgo on bass and Mike Fritz on harp and guest Ronnie Earl on the second solo. I found The Mathematics of Love to be a complex and thoroughly enjoyable piece of work and recommend it highly.

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