||BIG PETE "CHOICE CUTS"
Writer: Alejandro Arteche
In a blind listening to "Choice Cuts", the new album by Big Pete , you might think this is a new work of a group or a label Alligator American production, but no. The surprise comes from knowing that Big Pete is actually called Pieter Van Der Plujim is red and is a German based in the Netherlands.
I do not know what the purists think of it American. This is like the Japanese who gets to dance flamenco, that is, who wants to become a figure of bullfighting or who dresses in short and tries to take flamenco singer. Esperpentos mixtures of this type and there are grotesque culture by a tube. Remember no further than the French-style rumba of the Gipsy Kings in a phonetically learned Spanish or Japanese invention that La Orquesta del Sol and his "Hot Sauce of Japan" which they did with all his good will and effort, but that each time shouting vocalist "asssucar" that seemed "Humor amarillo".
But I say that sometimes the issue is not where it was born but as one grows up that culture receives and what is its capacity for absorption and assimilation for the exhibition of his work not sing a papier-mache. We will not say that simply by the fact that you have to know c Andalusian perfectly antar Shrimp or dance like Carmen Amaya. One thing is the willingness and the other infused knowledge. And no.
Curiously, this is what happens with Big Pete. Your hard no "squeaks" compared with other recently published works of bands with certificate of authenticity by being born in the birthplace of the Blues. The voice is more correct and elegant use of the harmonica and measured. He does his job and run with the help of his gang beautiful songs in their own way, without falling into poses or fuss to not be an imitation of anything known. Is your point of view and contribution to the culture of the blues, as valid and acceptable as another to be made from honesty?
Could this be what has made the Americans set to start on it and publish their music in the U.S. to make it known to the general public and blues lovers. If not, do not think a Delta Groove label as specializing in this type of music you get from your referrals occurred this last album of Big Pete, "Choice Cuts".
Along with a lot of partners who share home with him to validate his official U.S. landing after his collaboration last year on the Mannish Boys album, now Big Pete is supported by musicians like the members of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Kim Wilson and Kid Ramos.
In est and recent work published this month, Big Pete gives an overview of Willie Dixon classic, "Little" Walker Jacobs and Lester Butler. Something that may seem quite risky in the beginning (which appear in a country that is not yours as a kind of intruder in one of their songs over and over native reinterpreting classic) but what comes out pretty well stopped.
Will have to see where and are the shots with Big Pete and as Americans are "Choice Cuts", but things seem to paint a very good color (black).