ANDRE WILLIAMS & GREEN HORNET Holland Shuffle (Norton) Rating: NNNN
This live document of a stormin' show Andre Williams put on at a small sweaty club in Groningen two years ago, backed by Dutch garage-soul trio the Green Hornets, captures the legendarily leering R&B bad boy at his shouting best. The Hammond-hammering Hornets are impressively tight and wisely leave our man Andre all the hollering room he needs for his crowd-pleasing set of scorchers like Agile, Mobile & Hostile, You Got It And I Want It, Car With The Star and Keith Richards's fave rave, Jail Bait. Fans of Williams's typically unhinged between-song philosophizing may be disappointed to find that the banter is kept to a minimum, but what's sacrificed in chatter is more than made up for with reckless rockin'.
Andre Williams, backed by local bashers the Strap, hits the Horseshoe Friday (May 2).