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Danny Bryant: Temperature Rising

Bryant brewing his blues.

2012’s Night Life album was as good as it was going to get for the brand of blues that Danny Bryant had spent a decade building. Just into his thirties, Bryant needed a fresh challenge.

Last year’s Hurricane took a blues rock direction that Temperature Rising continues. Bryant’s always had an ear for a riff and some of them beef up well, particularly the sharp Best Of Me and the title track. Bryant’s habit of wrapping his guitar playing around his vocals keeps the songs concise, even on slow grinding ballads like Take Me Higher.

But if Bryant wants to make serious inroads into the blues rock scene he’ll need to up his lyrical game, or find himself a good wordsmith. And there are signs that he’s out-growing his trio format. Producer Richard Hammerton regularly adds keyboards and although they’re low in the mix the nod should be as good as a wink.

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.