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Spectified

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Stick To The Hip
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Octavate'n
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Soul Serenade
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Blues Call
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Alley Walk
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Wash Out
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The Funky Hunky
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Rumba & Tonic (feat. David Hidalgo of Los Lobos)
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Azulado
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Slick Pick
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See See Rider
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Lumpus D' Rumpus
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Alley Walk Acoustic
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 72:32

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A real achievement

Bopbluze

It's hard to distinguish yourself as a guitarist, let alone a blues guitarist. Dave Specter is one of those special artists that is immediately recognizable, no matter the idiom-to me that is the highest compliment one could ever hope for as a musician. In this, his latest outing, Specter offers a tour de force of soul, hard bop, roots rock and of course, the blues. What makes this recording such a treat is not just the breadth of musicality, it's the consistancy of his approach throughout. Although hardly a unique approach (Ray Charles, Freddy King, Elvis etc...) the fact that this is an all instrumental outing really makes this recording special. For me, Dave Specter is an original artist right up there with Ronnie Earl, Snooks Eaglin, and even Grant Green. Hats off!!!!

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No Words Dave

dupre83

An instrumental outing that Specter engages in His typical blue-mellow way. Octavate'n moves fast. Soul Serenade moves mellow. I like The Funky Hunky too.

They Say All Music Guide

Dave Specter has featured singers on most of his albums; Sharon Lewis, Tad Robinson, Lynwood Slim, Lenny Lynn, and the late Barkin’ Bill Smith are among the vocalists he has worked with along the way. But the Chicago-based guitarist opted to play instrumentals exclusively on 2000′s Speculatin’, and he does the same thing on the self-produced Spectified. There isn’t a vocalist to be found on this late 2010 release, which favors an exciting blend of electric Chicago blues, jazz, and soul. Specter is in fine form throughout this 72-minute CD, and the jazz influence is as strong on Specter’s own compositions as it is on inspired performances of Freddy King’s “Wash Out” and Ma Rainey’s “See See Rider.” One thing that enhances the album’s jazz appeal is the presence of two electric organists; Pete Benson plays on three of the tracks (“Blues Call,” “Wash Out,” and “Slick Pick”), and Brother John Kattke (who is also heard on piano) appears on most of the other tracks. The electric Hammond organ, of course, isn’t strictly a jazz instrument; it has been used on plenty of rock and R&B sessions over the years. But jazz enthusiasts tend to associate the electric organ with the seminal Jimmy Smith and his numerous followers, and Specter’s interactions with Kattke and Benson are certainly mindful of the soul-jazz groups that have been led by Smith, Jack McDuff, Charles Earland, Richard “Groove” Holmes, and other Hammond B-3 icons. There is also some awareness of organist Booker T. Jones and his instrumental soul group Booker T. & the MG’s, who had their share of major hits in the ’60s. When Speculatin’ came out, Specter’s followers predicted that it wouldn’t be his last all-instrumental album; they were right, and Specter never fails to shine as an instrumentalist on the excellent Spectified. – Alex Henderson

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