CD REVIEW: Doug Prescott - The Journey & The Deep Blue Sea
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"Prescott is Infectious"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
R&B, Classic Saloon Jazz, Rock
Chapel Hill North Carolina based singer/songwriters Doug Prescott releases his latest CD The Journey and the Deep Blue Sea In 2011. Influences include Little Feat, The Neville Brothers, Asleep at the Wheel and Jimmy Buffet.
The CD kicks gets off the ground quickly with “Happy Enough Song” a guitar-driven intro piece that serves up slamming blues rock groove against inviting horn section, hot slide guitar and well placed vocals from Prescott. Track 2 “Hideaway” shifts gears a bit with steady flowing rhythm against well placed mandolin, thought provoking lyrical content and heartfelt vocal delivery making for an impressive ballad. Track 3 “Patience” is another impressive groove that dishes out full tilt groove against slamming Hammond Organ, well placed vocals that flows and ebbs its way through to emotions fruition. The CD makes a great first impression dashing out 3 solid tracks in a row. I would classify this music as classic Jam Band, R&B, Americana, with brief touches of Saloon Jazz and straight up Classic Rock. Along the way you will notice lush instrumentation with things like impressive horn sections, percussive accents, Hammond Organ chops, impressive slide and solo guitar work, piano, keyboards and lush harmonies layered everywhere. As this CD slowly unfolds it’s obvious the players in Prescott’s band are quite accomplished. The rhythm section pushes the natural accents extremely well song for song. Now turning our attention over to Prescott - as for his vocal abilities, he holds his own within the confines of this catalogue. His voice goes down smooth and fills the space peacefully and unobtrusively. I suspect some of his vocal influences are – Boz Scaggs, Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Jimmy Buffett and maybe even Grateful Dead. By track 3 the CD hits sold stride delivering 5 solid tracks back to back including one of my my favorites “Oh Maggie.” All songs are extremely well crafted and consistent across the board. This CD from Prescott delivers 10 solid tracks all providing musical enjoyment filled with strong musical variety and diversity. From hooky "Silence Speaks Volumes” to upbeat “Oh Maggie” and “Beach Wedding” to grooving “Let’s Get Wide Open” and "Right Time, Right Place” to thought provoking “It’s all about Oil” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Little Elvis and Fat Cat Eddie” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
It’s had to find any serious weaknesses with this CD. But if could say anything to Prescott right now it would be take a few more vocal risks here and there on some of your more passionate songs thus pushing the emotional envelope a bit harder. This would really seal the deal on some of your songs, especially during the finale moments. Tracks 7 and 8 are in the wrong order referring to the back of the CD.
From start to finish The Journey and the Deep Blue Sea by Doug Prescott is an impressive musical collection It has everything you would expect from a professional R&B musical production. The songwriting – world class, all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really weak piece on this entire catalogue. The writing and playing abilities of Dog Prescott and his band are rock solid. The melodies and harmonies are well crafted, and the lyrical content is packed to the hilt with good old fashioned no holds barred R&B swagger. Prescott is simply infectious and any flower children out there will worship this guy ntil the cows come home..