The Cazanovas – Just Gettin’ By (Independent)
The Cazanovas are a four-piece blues band from Atlanta, Georgia with an abundance of energy and plenty of first-rate original material. That’s unusual for a blues band, and although on stage they’re happy to mix up the standards of the genre with obscure classics and their own compositions, on “Just Gettin’ By” it’s original songs from beginning to end.
Lead by the vocal and harmonica talents of Maurice "Big Daddy" Nazzaro with guitarist Danny Vinson, they’re ably supported by a dynamic rhythm section, comprising Jake Holliday on bass and drummer Theron Peterson. Together they play a groove-based Chicago style, which surely gets a crowd moving and a dancefloor bouncing, but works just as well for plain ol’ listening, at home or in the car.
There are many of us constantly on the lookout for good new original blues bands, and it’s bands like The Cazanovas that make it all worthwhile. “Just Gettin’ By” is a tremendous collection of songs, and singer Nazzaro is blessed with a voice that really stands out. The title track hits first; it’s rolling groove and vigorous arrangement makes it a strong contender for best track on the album, but competition is fierce, and the sheer exuberance of “Walk With Me” and the chugging “Ease My Mind” are both superb. Fans of The Fabulous Thunderbirds and The Red Devils should give The Cazanovas a go.