Reviews

Blues In Britain Magazine, Issue 181, Jan 2017, Blues Sisters Live Gig Review

Half Moon Putney, Blues Sisters Double Headline show with Rebecca Downs Band

Often tagged as "jazzy", that doesn't really do Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion's varied material justice.  Zoe's pre-show remark (and her Stranglers t-shirt!) hinted at the rawer nature of many of their uptempo numbers: 'Come Home Sweet Baby' and 'Your Sun Shines Rain' both...

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Blues In Britain Magazine, Issue 177, Sept 2016, Live Gig Review, Ealing Blues Festival

Ealing Blues Festival

"Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion brought a different level of class to the main stage: a rattling 'Liberated Woman' with lovely fluid guitar from Rob Koral; 'Take Me Back''s breakneck speed call-and-response shuffle, while a driving 'Your Sun Shines Rain' showed Zoe's powerful, impassioned vocal....

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Blues In Britain, Issue 169, Jan 2016 - Live Gig Review, Scratchers Farncombe

"A top-class band playing some great songs"

Scratchers at The Three Lions, Farncombe

A packed crowd turned out to catch Zoe Schwarz and Blue Commotion (husband Rob Koral on guitar, Paul Robinson on drums and tonight Phil Mulford on bass) play in the intimate setting of Scratchers at the three Lions in Farncombe: It was well worth braving the weather.

This band is tight...

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Blues In Britain, Issue 168, Dec 2015 - Live Gig Review, Farnham Maltings

"A great night of music from a band of consummate professionals who continue to enhance their reputation as one of the must see bands on the UK scene."

Farnham Maltings 15.10.15
A welcome return to the Maltings for Zoe and her band, this time in quartet mode with Zoe on vocals, Rob Koral on guitar, Pete Whittaker on keys and Paul Robinson on drums. The opening pair of numbers set the standard for the evening with Paul's energetic drums pushing both Rob and Pete to great...
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Blues Blast Magazine, USA, Issue-9-40, 1st Oct 2015, Live Album Review

It is tempting to compare her sound to other famous lead singers, but on further reflection her unique tone, diction, and inflection truly make her voice unique (in a good way).

Sometimes band release live albums when they have not recorded anything new in a while and they need to get something new on the market quickly.  This is not the case with Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion's new live disc, I'll Be Yours Tonight, which has been released not on the heels of their...

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Histozic.Fr Renowned French blogger Iceman, Didier A. 28.8.15. Live Album Review.

Zoe Schwarz is an amazing, though late, discovery in a genre which goes from blues to rock, from jazz to country.

Amazing for it is via an email contact that we have discovered her. Something that rarely happens you'll agree. Lori's publicity has been good. But above all it  is Zoe's voice together with her music which is so impressive.  She has released her fourth album with Blues Commotion and...

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'Get Ready To Rock', Online Magazine, Album Review, Aug 2015 **** Pretty damn fine!

'Vibrant, original, adventurous and in Zoe you have a passionate singer who gets inside the lyrics'

With 3 studio albums under their belt and a busy gig sheet, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion have established themselves as a sophisticated blues band with their own unique selling point.

They are vibrant, original, adventurous and in Zoe Schwarz you have a passionate singer who gets inside...

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Bman's Blues Report, Arizona USA, Live Album Review, July 2015

I have listened to this release a number of times and I continue to be surprised by the chord changes and I like it better each time. Koral again steps up with clean and interesting guitar riffs making this one of my favorites.

I just received the newest release, I'll Be Yours Tonight LIVE, from Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotionand it's quite good! Opening with a rocker, Your Sun Shines Rain, Schwarz reminds me a lot of early Yeah Yeah Yeahs but done in San Francisco in 1968. Interesting. Fine & Mellow is a perfect...

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Wasser-Prawda 'Musik und Meer - Kulturmagazin' Live Album Review July 2015

One of the best live albums which has arrived in the editorial office this year.

English translation:     This is already the 4th album released in as many years by British singer Zoe Schwarz with her band Blue Commotion.  It was not a 'planned' recording by chance, "I'll Be Yours Tonight', recorded November 2014 at a show at The Tuesday Night Music Club....

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