Hammond Gamble: Ninety Mile Days (Liberation)

 |   |  1 min read

Hammond Gamble: You Cheated Me
Hammond Gamble: Ninety Mile Days (Liberation)

Two years ago when this Auckland singer-songwriter and very special guitarist released his Recollection album (acoustic treatments of Street Talk and solo songs) I noted that it served to remind what a great songwriter he was.
He'd long been acknowledged as an expressive bluesy singer and guitarist, but it had been too easy to forget just how crafted songs such as Whistling the Blues in the Rain, Poison, Should I Be Good and other songs were.
If that album did nothing else than remind people of that it had served its purpose, but it seems to have also given the Liberation label and Gamble the kick into a long overdue solo album.
My guess is his previous one -- aside from Recollection and the live Plugged In And Blue from the mid 90s -- had been maybe 20 years ago.
Ninety Mile Days -- a dozen originals -- confirms that Gamble is one of this country's greatest, if largely overlooked, talents.
From the opener I Had A Dream (which could become a standard in many jazz singer's sets) through the roadhouse blues of It's Been Too Long, the acerbic post-separation ballad You Cheated Me, the acoustic pop of Memory No 1 and the moody understatement of Waiting for the Rain (which seems very familiar), this is an outstanding collection.
It is also notable for the musical diversity -- blues, pop, ballads, soul -- which Gamble effortlessly commands.
And songs like For the First Time, I Had A Dream and Stranger's Girl sound like local classics to me.
This album has been a long time coming, but it has been well worth the wait.  

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Patty Larkin: 25 (Signature)

Patty Larkin: 25 (Signature)

Celebrating 25 years in music usually means a greatest hits, box set or some kind of attention-grabbing project. It is typical and a measure of Larkin's generous nature that rather than go that... > Read more

Joe Ely: Streets of Sin (Rounder)

Joe Ely: Streets of Sin (Rounder)

Ely from the flatlands of West Texas offers a triple threat: a memorable leathery twang cured in tequila, the paraffin soul of a rocker in the clothes of a Tex-Mex country singer, and a... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Jarrett, Garbarek, Danielsson, Christensen: Sleeper (ECM/Ode)

Jarrett, Garbarek, Danielsson, Christensen: Sleeper (ECM/Ode)

By my exceptionally crude count, pianist Keith Jarrett's name (as leader of a group or solo) is on at least 65 albums -- and some, indeed many, of those are double albums, triple sets or large... > Read more

Yasmin Levy: La Juderia (Southbound)

Yasmin Levy: La Juderia (Southbound)

Levy from Israel has one of those exceptional voices which could be as at home singing emotionally dramatic Spanish ballads or Middle Eastern songs: and to some extent she does both. Levy is... > Read more