THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR REVIEW
The more things change, the more they stay the same. I hadn't seen Dan Hill perform in concert since late '79 or early '80's and last night's show at Hamilton Place showed how little the Toronto-based artist has changed in more than a few years.
A sensitive singer-songwriter long before sensitive was fashionable, Hill emerged out of the folk scene in the early '70's before his mega hit song, "Sometimes When We Touch' catapulted him into the global adult contemporary market.
Since then he's been pretty successful, churning out the odd hit like 'Can't We Try' with arrangements that seem better suited to full-blown orchestration.
But last night at Hamilton Place, it was a low-key, no-frills affair. Since he's made and sold quite a few records, he's also been able to add longtime associate, John Sheard as synthesist/pianist, as well as Hamilton diva, Corinne Plomish as supporting/and solo vocalist, keyboardist and duet partner.
Corinne Plomish was a delight. She provided solid support with her excellent singing, using admirable restraint and taste during the sensitive and strong musical moments. She was the anchor of the trio, and one can only hope that she'll eventually be given a shot at her own solo career. She's more than qualified.
GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE/
RENEWAL CD REVIEW ( RALF BUSCHMEYER) w/Special Guest: Corinne Plomish
"As smooth and sophisticated as James Bond taking a holiday in Monte Carlo, Buschmeyer keeps everything tuxedo fabulous with his airy lines and a tone that dances between stings and caresses."
'Renewal' by Ralf Buschmeyer continues where the 2007 release EST 1968 left off. Joined by Chris Andrew (B3 Organ), Rob Vulic (drums) and Richard Erickson (bass), the quartet continues to explore the possibilities of blending Blues, Jazz, R&B and Rock. This time they get some mighty help from vocalist Corinne Plomish on two electrifying numbers. An excellent choice indeed.
"Ralf's playing is full of heart and sophisticated phrasing. His music weaves a lovely and skillful tapestry of blues, jazz and groove."
--Guitar Player Magazine (Michael Manning)
GUNN BLUES BAND REVIEW
Resonance Road is the 2011 recording from the Calgary based band Gunn.
Gunn is comprised of members GregGunhold, Brock Gillis, Danny Zane, Sally Chaps and Corinne Plomish.
Right out of the gate, Resonance Road jumps out at you with Sumthin’ I Hate and it’s apparent from the intro that this is ahighly skilled group of players.
Greg Gunhold’s guitar playing isworld class and Corinne Plomish's intimate vocals pull you right into her story. Brock Gillis’ melodic expertise on the B3 provides the perfect harmonic foil to Greg’s skillful guitar playing while Danny Zane and Sally Chappas keep things groovy and swingin’ throughout this recording.
An impressive collection of tunes written by GregGunhold, Resonance Road covers a wide variety of styles that maintain a rootsy and authentic vibe throughout and at the same time, provide a updated and contemporary take on those traditional genres.
Resonance Road’s original songs are complemented by a moody and ambitious cover of The Beatles’, Eleanor Rigby. Gunn takes the Lennon/McCartney classic and makes it their own, as Corinne Plomish injects a cool bluesy/jazz feel into this iconic song. Not always an easy feat to do with Beatles material.
This is funky, sophisticated and confident stuff from a band on top of their game.
Their dedication to craft and excellence is apparent throughout this recording.
Expertly produced and mixed by GregGunhold, Resonance Road is an impressive offering from beginning to end.
As mentioned in the jacket credits, “Gunn is about a lifetime of influences. This is a labour of love.”
That love isup front and apparent all over this recording.
Well played Gunn, well played.
~ Jeff Neill
Canada has had a half-century love affair with pure Rhythm ‘n’ Blues only rivaled by our century long love of Country & Western. For a while in the 1960s R & B was revered and became the only legitimate artistic pursuit for ‘real’ musicians outside of classical and jazz genres. But in the wake of the British Invasion’s dominance of pop culture R & B’s most prominent players were mined for pop and rock music pursuits and the genre itself was pushed back into juke joints, back room bistros and small town beer halls.Unbeknownst to the world at large, the R & B movement survived and has grown a solid roots movement. But this time the players aren’t easily swayed into selling out their craft for commercial interests. The acts are digging in their heels and developing a culture of festivals and steady paying gigs that are consistently attracting purists of every musical stripe. It’s bands like guitarist Greg Gunhold’s GUNN that are leading the charge. Resonance Road is a slick, incredibly produced “musician’s” album. Gunhold takes the listener on a multitude of stylistic rides as a showcase for his tasty virtuoso guitar workouts which clocks in at nearly 70 minutes. It would be a bold gamble for any indie act were it not in the hands of his crackerjack band: Danny Zane (bass), Brock Gillis (Hammond B3), Sally Chapus (drums), and Corinne Plomish (vocals). Plomish is used to great effect on the first half of the album adding a pure vocal narrative to some fairly straightforward song arrangements. And the lyrics aren’t your standard blues contrivances. Both Sumthin’ I Hate About Myself (Is You) and Burn Down puts a fresh coat of paint on the tried and true “baby, you done me wrong” genre and it’s a welcome relief. The song arrangements stray far enough away from the genre’s I, IV, V blueprint enough to make them uniquely GUNN’s. Plomish’s vocal on Let’s Go makes it a truly stand out track on the CD; There’s also a smooth jazz/blues fusion rendition of The Beatles Eleanor Rigby that Plomish handles with aplomb. Not since Al Kooper’s version on 2004’s 40 Years Ago Today: A Tribute to the Beatles, has the song been given such a respectful re-interpretation that works.The album’s other face is a spotlight on Gunhold’s original instrumental guitar workouts where he meticulously crafts tasty melodic solos in Allman Brothers territory (Lazy), Pat Travers (Big Shoes), and a battle of the guitar personalities with a Billy Gibbons vs. Joe Satriani showdown (Resonance Road). The tastiest passage could be the cross pollination of Amos Garrett blues & Pat Methany jazz on Motown Blues where we also get a showcase for Gillis’ Hammond B3 playing. Good to hear Canadian Rhythm ‘n’ Blues making a comeback on its own terms.
CASHBOX MAGAZINE CANADA
BLUES REVUE MAGAZINE/U.S.
With its sophisticated blend of jazz and R&B, Renewal will appeal to fans of guitar instrumentals. A grittier player than Robben Ford, not as purely bluesy as Ronnie Earl, Canadian Ralf Buschmeyer is an inventive musician with a tight trio. He finds an able foil in guest Chris Andrew, Whose B-3 and Fender Rhodes work offers a refreshing second instrumental voice. "Rules of Play" is off-kilter jazzy funk; "Somewhere Else" conjures latter-dayJeff Beck; "Our Stuffs" and "Westerly" have a smooth, Crusaders jazz-blues touch.
Corinne Plomish takes a vocal turn on the appealing pop-soul tune, "Smile On".
The Jazz Room
Ralf Buschmeyer Quartet
with Special Guest:
Ralf Buschmeyer celebrates his return to Ontario with friends new and old. Michael Wood is a Stratford vibes player Ralf worked with while a faculty member of Ambrose University Calgary. Over the past few years, Michael and Ralf have played together frequently and have developed a sound inspired by the great Gary Burton Quartets. Clark Johnston is an old school chum of Ralf’s, both having graduated Hamilton’s Mohawk College Applied Music program in the 90’s. This is a reunion of nearly 30 yrs! Ted Warren is an Ontario jazz staple currently operating out of Guelph. The Jazzroom date is the first gig Ted and Ralf will be playing together. Joining the quartet for select numbers is Ralf’s wife and Hamilton music scene veteran Corinne Plomish. Corinne’s presence in the Ontario music scene was a strong force. The Jazzroom date celebrates Corinne’s return to Ontario as well.
The evening will be a mix of original material, Jazz Standards with new arrangements and classic Jazz-Vibes repertoire by Gary Burton and Gerry Neiwood.
Ralf Buschmeyer, Guitar
Michael Wood, Vibraphone
Clark Johnston, Upright Bass
Ted Warren, Drums
Corinne Plomish, guest Vocalist