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Irakli Kikvadze - The City Blues
[Audio CD]


On this CD, Dr. Ika represents a selection of his original and unique groovy blues and funk-fusion stuff, recorded in his studio together with top British blues musicians: Papa George, Richie Milton, Helen MacDougall, Mike chase,Alex Gegeshidze and Australian sax wizard Andy Thompson.

Multi instrumentalist, composer and producer Dr. Ika (who also sings) has been described as the worlds one of the most tasteful guitarist who can handle equally well blues, rock, jazz-funk-fusion, R&B, flamenco, oriental and hip-hop. While influenced by the likes of Blind Willy Johnson, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, Frank Zappa, Frank Gambale, Robben Ford, the two blues Kings (Albert and BB), Carlos Santana and countless other great musicians, Ika has developed his own unique style and tone. To enhance his musical and tonal vocabulary Dr. Ika even invented super fast rhythm ring pick and varitone speaker cabinet for guitar (

The CD opens with a super groovy title song featuring Papa George’s Great vocal (who also wrote the lyrics) and Alex Gegshidze’s mesmerising tenor sax. Dr. Ika plays sweet guitar solo and all other instruments.

The next track is the time travelling blues, kind of blind Willy Johnson meets Jimi Hendrix, featuring good doctor on all instruments and vocal.

Libido Blues is an erotic, groove hip-hop – esque blues, featuring Mike Chase’s sexy voice ad Dr. Ika’s great guitar work.

The next track is a blues - fusion instrumental arranged from the live and studio samples. Dr. Ika really squeezes sweet sounds out of his guitar here.

The Magic Bulldog is a true, satiric pub life experience blues. Song starts with Andy Thompson’s “sax orchestra” and develops to the funny story told by Dr. Ika and Helen MacDougall with the great sax – guitar interaction coda.

Rainy morning blues after the night booze! - Lazy acoustic blues, deep and slow.

Next track is a gospel – blues song featuring brother Richie Milton (who wrote the lyrics) on all vocals, Mike Chase on the harmonica and Ika on the guitars.

Separate ways – also true life story sung by Papa George who also plays guitar solo on the coda.

Next track is an instrumental dedicated to beautiful Suzanne Chase (Mike’s daughter) who tragically died in the car accident when she was 23 years old.
Composition was recorded live in the Crowdaddy Blues Club featuring Dr. Ika on guitar, Andy Thompson on sax, Henk Boudeling on bass and Ivan Hoe on drums.

The CD closes with a slow blues featuring Helen MacDougal’s sweet voice, Mike Chase’s melancholic harmonica and Dr. Ika’s haunting guitar. True modern classic.
Date Added: 08/06/2013 by Gigla Vashakidze
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