John Hammond and his Wicked Grin Band: The Borderline, London, 27th April
Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, May 2002
BY INJECTING a dose of blues into a collection of Tom Waits tunes, John Hammond created his most satisfying and critically acclaimed album in years, Wicked Grin. So there's a spring in his step when he leads his band of veterans touring the record on to the Borderline's tiny stage. From the opening notes of 2:19, these guys Augie Meyer on keyboards and accordion, Frank Carillo on guitar, Larry Taylor on bass and Stephen Hodges on drums prove that less is more. A band this tight can play as swampy as you like and as taut and angular as you please and they do.
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