, the New Orleans-based multi-instrumentalist and singer, cooks up a batch of funky music on his first Basin Street release. Backed by a small core band and a smattering of guests (including Bonnie Raitt
on slide guitar), Cleary
delivers hard-hitting urban blues and soul that can bring to mind Tower of Power
, Bill Withers
, and even a little Steely Dan
. His singing can be a bit generic, but his organ and Wurlitzer flourishes are quite tasty, as is the dead-on rhythm guitar of Derwin "Big D" Perkins
and the bass-and-drum lock-up of Cornell Williams
and Jeffrey "Jellybean" Alexander.