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  • Audio CD (1 Sep 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jazzhaus
  • ASIN: B00LIIMJLQ
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If Danny's previous album 'Hurricane' was notable for pairing Danny Bryant's best ever songs with Richard Hammerton's expansive production, then 'Temperature Rising' is the closest he's come to nailing a defining blues rock recording. Recorded in little over 2 weeks in April of this year and drawing on songs that Danny wrote on the road during 2013, 'Temperature Rising' is an album full of his wailing signature guitar with deeply wrought intensity and heartfelt ballads. It's an album by an artist with over 14 years touring behind him and enough personal experiences to transpose them effortlessly into songs."Richard Hammerton and I met up three or four times in the lead-up to the recording," says Bryant. "We did some pre production and cut some demos together. We looked at the arrangements etc and pushed ideas back and forth. I love working with Richard, the moment he hears even a snippet of a raw demo, it's almost as if he can see the whole song there and then in completed fashion. He has such great vision! Also so importantly, he allows me to be myself, to create the kind of album that I want, he makes those initial ideas a reality." The young guitar protégé has grown up. Danny's nascent maturity is evidenced in the way he builds his musical vision with broad-brush strokes, without losing any of his essential fire. He was always destined to be a road hardened blues-rock warrior, since being mentored by Walter Trout and touring Europe in the company of Mick Taylor, Santana Buddy Guy etc., before signing with Rounder records. And while each album has been like a chapter in an Photo by Kevin Nixon ever-evolving story, it's since signing with the Jazzhaus label that he's enjoyed the kind of backing and focus needed to match his unquenchable thirst for blues-rock. Bryant's career had been steadily building on the old school conveyor belt of relentless touring and recording, while building audiences with explosive performances alongside his recently retired dad Ken Bryant on bass (now superseded by Alex Phillips) and drummer Trevor Barr. The studio albums were always solid and dependable, but up until 'Hurricane' they offered only fleeting glimpses of his considerable live potential. But since he rekindled a relationship with producer Richard Hammerton - they last worked together in 2005 whilst recording a session with Danny's mentor Blues legend Walter Trout - things have started to happen. It's a synchronistic relationship, which Danny explains as having grown through a mix of trial, error and planning. Says Bryant, "When we first hooked up again two years ago to record Hurricane, Richard's first question to me was 'what sort of angle do you want to take? What sort of album do you want to make?' He wasn't interested in making a straight ahead generic blues record and neither was I. He was very keen to work the project if we could bring real songs to the table and make a modern 'produced' Blues/Rock record. Adding in all of my influences and creating something that was 'me'. So in a lot of ways recording this album felt like a continuation of those previous sessions. We learned a lot on the last album and we brought that experience to the table for 'Temperature Rising'." The opening track 'Best Of Me' is notable for the organ layered, stuttering rhythm, an expansive wah-wah break and an echo tinged tough vocal. The sledgehammer blues-rock of 'Take Me Higher' pushes Danny's into Zeppelin territory with big drums, another tough vocal and a perfunctory cutting edge ending, while the later high octane 'Mystery' sounds like a fun, 'live in the studio' splurge, on a piano-led, guitar driven wig out. "We cut both of those tracks live with the rhythm section and me playing rhythm guitar, but the solos and vocal came after," recalls Bryant. Danny pours all his combined talents into a powerful album full of passionate playing and emotive vocals. It's all subtly shaped by a sinuous production that pays as much attention to the micro concerns of hooks, resonant guitar sounds and phrasing, as it does to the ebb and flow of the sequencing. 'Nothing At All' is a primo, piano led slice of rock & roll, while in sharp contrast 'Together Through Life', is a gently nuanced ballad voiced over a featherbed of layered synths, tinkling piano and acoustic, proving once again there no substitute for a decent melody with ocean wave chord changes. The songs are given their depth by an attention to detail that stands in counterpoint to Danny's previous bluster. There's the slide guitar part on the hook of 'Higher', the volume swells and drum pattern on 'Time' and the unexpected sax on the aptly titled 'Razor Sharp', The acoustic-to-electric melodic title track features subtly layered instrumentation with a big sonic quality that evokes Danny's lyrical meaning, while 'Time' has plenty of variety and a constant search for new ideas. For a blues-rocker Danny still has always had an eye for rootsy tinged material."Sometimes I have to reign in that style a little as the people who come to my live shows are predominantly the blues-rock crowd and I want the albums to always reflect what we create live,"says Bryant. "Lots of the solo's and vocals on this record were first or seconds takes, that way you keep the spontaneity, that fiery raw edge." Best of all is slow building ballad 'Gun Town', on a perfect meeting of raw gut emotion, lyrical acumen and subtle band interplay as Danny soars on his guitar. "'Gun Town' was the first song I wrote for this album, it was a way in so to speak and it's my favourite," says Bryant. He's never sounded better than on this track with its crying guitar tone and a polished arrangement that is closer to Mark Knopfler than his usual style. "The song came about because of my love for reading blues history books," says Bryant. "Initially, the idea came from reading Honey Boy Edwards 'The World Don't Owe Me Nothing', which is all about his travelling around the USA in the 30's, 40's and 50's, living through playing his guitar, hustling and living day to day. It's a snap shot into a life that no longer exists." "I Know it's a common cliché but I truly believe this is my best ever work. I am more proud of this record than anything I have ever done. I invested more emotion, blood, sweat and tears on this project then ever before." – Danny Bryant If Danny's previous album 'Hurricane' was notable for pairing Danny Bryant's best ever songs with Richard Hammerton's expansive production, then 'Temperature Rising' is the closest he's come to nailing a defining blues rock recording.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. H. Foster on 5 Sep 2014
Format: Audio CD
Temperature Rising – Danny Bryant
Call me sentimental if you wish but are there even more of the touch and feel of Danny Bryant’s mentor Walter Trout on the new album? I think so and if so surely that is the result of the even closer bond that has developed between the two as Danny has been so close to Trout throughout his serious illness.

Temperature Rising is certainly Danny’s most complete and fully rounded album to-date. Across the nine original tracks at an economic 42 minutes the album displays many shades from the densely coloured full on Blues Rock numbers to the vibrant shades of Blues on the more traditional Blues cuts and finally delicate pastel shades on the ballads. This album is the sum of its parts and rather than have one or two absolute standout tracks, each one of the nine deserves your equal attention.

As ever Bryant’s playing is immaculate throughout and he has certainly developed a more rounded vocal. Ostensibly a power trio, there are consistently impressive contributions from Trevor Barr on drums and Alex Phillips on bass.

One single listen to the album put me in immediate touch with it and every track spoke to me in a differing way. Hitting the play button leads you straight in to a very muscular opener in the shape of ‘Best of Me,’ a scorching lead break right from the off heralds Bryant’s arrival, the rhythm section match the pace and move the song along at rapid but melodic pace. ‘Take Me Higher’ is a prime example of the heavier sound, rebounding clipped riffs pulse along over the dense drum and bass runs. Bryant’s lead breaks are tight and doused in plenty of distortion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David T on 6 Oct 2014
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This is an outstanding Blues Rock album which has built on the success of last years release Hurricane.

Opening with the driving riffs of "Best Of Me" you know straight away this album has got winner written all over it.Razor Sharp in a similar vein is equally good, but as on Hurricane it is the ballads with a quick nod to Bon Jovi that show the class of the man and his music.

"Take Me Higher,Together Through Life, and Temperature Rising are all out of the top drawer, but the outstanding track for me is "Guntown" which conjures up memories of Mark Knopfler's "Brothers In Arms" with its beautiful guitar hiding just below the surface.

Danny Bryant is now the complete package, he sings far far better than most,writes nearly all his own material, and is a genuinely gifted guitar player who has mastered the instrument, just go and see him live if you don't believe me.

Producer Richard Hammerton has done a fine job in producing an album that does him credit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon Nixon on 4 Sep 2014
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This is the first album by Danny that I have heard, I was a little surprised to discover that he is a British Bluesman as I had convinced myself that he heralded from the USA. There are 9 tracks and it lasts for about 45 minutes. It commences with 'Best of Me' which is high tempo and with vocals similar to Chris Farlow in his early days, the guitar work is excellent. The tempo is maintained until the forth offering 'Together Through Life' which slows things down for a while, the guitar solo on this track is sublime demonstrating the capabilities of Danny as a guitarist.

My favourite track is 'Razor Sharp' which epitomises what this album is all about. On further investigation I discovered that Danny has worked with some impressive artists including Santana and Buddy Guy. An excellent album I was suitably impressed and will listen to more, hope to get to one of his gigs in the near future. Could have had more information with the CD though!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on 1 Sep 2014
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Just received my copy but this is a marvelous progression by a brilliant guitarist.
Richard Hammerton's contribution as producer & musician gives a whole new dimension to the album.
The first two tracks - Best of Me & Take Me Higher are great rockers but there is a good mix of ballads & blues which should win Danny more fans. Every song is a real pleasure.
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Bought this album at Danny Bryant's Norwich gig on 10/09/14. Have gone through three full rotations and its seriously brilliant.
Great gig and when Danny dropped his hand to his side the band play more quietly. You could hear soft drum beats with the bass guitar then Danny would pick out odd notes that just sing. The hushed anticipation hanginging over the audience was just magical.
Great album but to fully appreciate it see it played live
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin on 4 Sep 2014
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have most of his cd's but this has got to be my favourite one.
superb from start to finish great lyrics great guitar playing.
off to see him at Norwich on the 10th September and can't wait.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By halcyonhawk on 7 Sep 2014
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Couldn't put it any better than this by my mate Nigel!.....

Temperature Rising – Danny Bryant
Call me sentimental if you wish but are there even more of the touch and feel of Danny Bryant’s mentor Walter Trout on the new album? I think so and if so surely that is the result of the even closer bond that has developed between the two as Danny has been so close to Trout throughout his serious illness.

Temperature Rising is certainly Danny’s most complete and fully rounded album to-date. Across the nine original tracks at an economic 42 minutes the album displays many shades from the densely coloured full on Blues Rock numbers to the vibrant shades of Blues on the more traditional Blues cuts and finally delicate pastel shades on the ballads. This album is the sum of its parts and rather than have one or two absolute standout tracks, each one of the nine deserves your equal attention.

As ever Bryant’s playing is immaculate throughout and he has certainly developed a more rounded vocal. Ostensibly a power trio, there are consistently impressive contributions from Trevor Barr on drums and Alex Phillips on bass.

One single listen to the album put me in immediate touch with it and every track spoke to me in a differing way. Hitting the play button leads you straight in to a very muscular opener in the shape of ‘Best of Me,’ a scorching lead break right from the off heralds Bryant’s arrival, the rhythm section match the pace and move the song along at rapid but melodic pace. ‘Take Me Higher’ is a prime example of the heavier sound, rebounding clipped riffs pulse along over the dense drum and bass runs. Bryant’s lead breaks are tight and doused in plenty of distortion.
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