Norman Watt-Roy / Faith & Grace

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“He’s the man with the face, from outer space, on his faith and grace” bellowed the late, truly great Ian Dury of his virtuoso bassist Norman Watt-Roy. Behold this fascinating glimpse into the madcap musical mind of Mr. Watt-Roy – the anchor of the aforementioned cockney bard’s iconic Blockheads, UK studio ace, and Wilko Johnson’s go-to player for the past few decades and counting. On his lone solo slab, revel as Norman references his signature passages among the ten tracks, including a swingin’ rendition of his celebrated “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick” which provides the foundation for “Save It” featuring Sara Gillespie, along with new twists on the magnificent motifs to “Magnificent 7” and Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “Relax” as found on “Norman! Norman!” . Flexing his jazz funk punk soul pedigree – and wicked sense of humor as evidenced in various vocal vignettes by his fallen bandleader – the incomparable Norman Watt-Roy tributes his idol Jaco on “John and Mary” and “Papa Chu Pap,” and waxes autobiographical in “Me, My Bass and I.”       

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