Album: Paddy Milner, The Curious Case Of... (Paddy Milner Music)

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Piano whizz Paddy Milner can probably turn his hand to most modes, but on The Curious Case Of..., he sticks mostly to the area where blues meets jazz, with a clear leaning in the direction of New Orleans.

He romps through different R&B styles with abandon: "Going To See My Baby" opens proceedings with a rollicking Crescent City blues, complete with marching-band brass; for "You've Got Me" he essays a Rosco Gordon-esque shuffle groove; and "Call On Me" offers his own brisk, skittish boogie take on the classic Diddleybeat. But it's his dazzling, super-fast version of Dave Brubeck's classic "Unsquare Dance" that most impresses – the composer himself has marvelled at Milner's interpretation. This stylistic tour is rounded off with versions of Robert Johnson's "Come On In My Kitchen" and Rihanna's "Disturbia".

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