Reviews

Blues In Britain, Issue 143, November 2013

Album review, The Blues Don’t Scare Me, 33 Records 33WM148

This latest from Zoe, husband Rob Koral on guitars, Si Genaro harp, Pete Whittaker Hammond organ, Pat Davey bass (plus a couple of appearances by Rodney Teague) bass and Paul Robinson drums carries on where Good Times left off.

A Catholic mix, from a straight-up take on ‘Billie’s...

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bluesinthesouth.com

Album review, Blues In The South October 2013

My Oh My! What a stunner this one is. Blue Commotion have been lurking waiting to pounce and now it has come. All the band members have as they say 'paid their dues' and none more so than Zoe who has developed as a singer in the most remarkable way. Coming from a jazz background she brings to...

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Live Review

Abergavenny Jazz & Blues Festival, 31st August 2013

Abergavenny Jazz & Blues Festival, 31st August 2013

Blues standards and original songs rooted in the blues tradition but with plenty of room for the instrumentalists to stretch out and improvise.

Raw and exciting with Schwarz’s powerful vocals well supported by the work of some of the UK’s top instrumentalists.

Koral is a...

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Classic Rock’s The Blues Magazine – Issue 7 June/July 2013

'LIVES' editorial piece, (full page editorial piece, in conversation with Zoe Schwarz)

"Festival fever and second album on the way"

"Someone gave me a Billie Holiday tape. My blues started with 32-bar tunes, not 12-bar."

Zoe Schwarz and Blue Commotion are hitting the road this summer for a series of concerts and festival appearances. The Group are also busy...

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Blues In Britain Issue 138 June 2013

Album review for 'Good Times'

Boogaloo Blues, The Maltings, Farnham, Surrey 18.4.2013

Blue Commotion returned to the Maltings after their July 2012 gig. The band consist of partners Zoe Schwarz on vocals and Rob Koral on guitar, with Si Genaro on harp and vocals Pete Whittaker on organ, Paul Robinson on drums and Rodney Teague on bass. The band opened with ‘I’m Leaving...

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Blues In Britain Issue 134 February 2013

Live Review for Teignmouth Jazz and Blues Festival ~ 18.11.2012

The picturesque South Devon seaside town of Teignmouth has held a purely jazz weekend festival for many years but recently has introduced some blues artists.  Zoe Schwarz  Blue Commotion filled the late Sunday afternoon spot.

The strength of Zoe’s voice was...

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Blues in the North West

Album review for 'Good Times'

On this, the band’s third album, of thirteen numbers, seven are originals, which are supplied by lead singer Zoe and (husband) Rob Koral, guitar; these numbers display the full and explosive range of the band which are; Si Genaro; harmonica, Pete Whittaker; Hammond organ, Rodney Teague; bass...

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Blues In Britain Issue 129 September 2012

LIVE REVIEW Boogaloo Blues and Boogie, Farnham Maltings 19.6.2012

They had played for Boogaloo as ‘The Baddest Blues Band’ but on this occasion they were ‘The Commotion’, with lead singer Zoe clearly upfront. Quite right, too, as Zoe proved throughout the show to be a vocalist of rare talent and allied to an excellent band of seasoned musicians it...

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Blues In Britain Issue 127 July 2012

‘Good Times’ (33JAZZ227)

This consummate band of five highly-talented musicians, energetically complement Zoe’s outstanding, lyrical vocals.

Pete Whittaker excels with some profound extemporising on Hammond, whilst the subtle rhythm section, of Paul Robinson (percussion) and Rodney Teague (bass) create a...

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