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The Lewsh Project

by The Lewsh Project

Good Feel music! A collection of all original tunes born from a fusion of blues based and funky rock tradition spiced with jazz, cajun and R & B.
Genre: Blues: Funky Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Darkness in Your Eyes
3:26 $0.99
2. Cajun Stomp
4:02 $0.99
3. Seal Is Broken
4:02 $0.99
4. Music in My Soul
6:03 $0.99
5. Snow Is Falling
5:16 $0.99
6. Nothing At All
5:25 $0.99
7. Delicious Interlude
4:33 $0.99
8. You Never Told Me (That You Loved Me)
7:04 $0.99
9. Flame
4:17 $0.99
10. The Money Blues
4:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
Canadian folkie Valdy’s famous line was “Play me a rock and roll song”, but did he mean play it on a
saxophone or a trumpet? The late sixties and seventies were times of change in the rock biz. Inspired
perhaps by Miles Davis plugging in and the world fusion of Weather Report and some great blues bands
like Paul Butterfield, the music world saw the rise of bands like Colosseum, The Ides of March, Electric
Flag, Blood Sweat &Tears, Tower of Power and Chicago, all making room on stage for horn sections.
Then again, a wailing horn section was nothing new to 60s rhythm and blues stars like James Brown or
Ray Charles.
In Canada, Lighthouse and Crowbar were establishing their reputations, while in Winnipeg, a group of
West Kildonan kids were making heads turn with their rock and funk horn-based music. That band was
Mojo and the Nighthawks, a highly popular Winnipeg group through the early 70s.
Like the majority of bands, they soared and then settled back down to earth, with the members of Mojo
and the Nighthawks eventually going their separate musical ways. Keyboardist/saxophonist/vocalist
Leonard Shaw, bassist Sandy Chochinov and guitarist Dave Garber moved on to Toronto where
they hooked up with the former Winnipeg rock icon, Dianne Heatherington; they also worked on some
of producer Daniel Lanois’ pre-Brian Eno projects. Eventually, Shaw and Chochinov returned to
Winnipeg while Garber left the Big Smoke for the Big Apple where he’s become a seasoned session
Shaw and Chochinov continue to make Winnipeg their home, and the long time friends have never
stopped making music together.
Shaw has built a solid career, moving from Mojo and the Nighthawks to Junior Barnes and the
Cadillacs, then a longish Toronto stint with Backstreet, Ian Hunter, Ian Thomas, Heatherington, and as a
backup to music icons like Ben E. King, Del Shannon, the Drifters and the Marvellettes among others.
His main gig since 1990 has been with the touring version of The Guess Who, but you’ll also find him
playing around town with his trio in a jazzier/bluesier vein or with All The King’s Men or The Ministers
of Cool.
Chochinov continued to hone his bass playing skills to the point of master craftsmanship, and worked
with blues artists like Brent Parkin, Wally Landreth and Ellen McIlwaine, and has been documenting his
musical ideas with a run of self-penned and self-produced recordings that feature his unique
compositions and lyrics, usually in cahoots with many of the talented musicians Winnipeg boasts about.
Which brings us to the ”Lewsh Project”, a new recording about to get its official release on Sunday
June 9th at the King’s Head. The music was conceived by Shaw and Chochinov. It’s somewhat blues
based and inspired by their many musical influences and the grooves they love to play over. Fellow
Nighthawk guitarist Garber adds his touch on every track, with other musicians like drummer Paul
DeLong and trombonist Barry Shaw chipping in contributions.
Garber says: “ Playing and collaborating with Lewsh & Sandy on this project has been a truly inspiring
musical experience. Our roots and connection is as strong as ever regardless of the time that has
passed. “

For interview requests or further information: Maurice Hogue Cameltrain Productions 204-783-9236

leonardshaw.com sandychochinov.com



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The good feel music styles, choice of material and solid playing on this disc is outstanding. I find the tunes, musicianship and passion brought to this project completely inspiring; an alliance long overdue…

There are several stand-out foot tapping songs like “The Cajun Stomp,” “The Seal is Broken,” “Snow is Falling,” and “Flame.” It’s a unique blend of funky horns, keyboards and some great vocals by Lewsh. Sandy Chochinov with his skillful touch never disappoints; making his bass sing and groove on every number. Dave Garber’s guitar playing here is some of the best work I’ve heard him play in a long time! His chops and tremendous tone are sure to have a lot of “who is that!?” comments. Drummer Paul DeLong joins the mix on “The Cajun Stomp” and “Flame.” Trombonist Barry Shaw also contributes on “The Cajun Stomp.”

SA Blue

Gotta hear this
Blind Lemon would listen to this guitar all day long.