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Reviews for Charlie Saibel’s BLACKBERRIES CD!!

A review from Belgium (Keys and Chords magazine) for Blackberries:

It’s a mystery to me how Charlie Saibel CDs find their way to Belgium . We received this while the excellent ‘ Hurdy Gurdy Band’ , yet there remains an air of mystery hanging over Charlie Saibel . I honestly had never heard of Charlie , but after listening to ” Blackberries ” ( subtitle: Rhythm & Blues by Charlie Saibel ) , I still felt some enthusiasm bubbling up inside me .
” Blackberies ‘ was recorded in Olympia , Washington , apparently base , in July 1997 please adhere . Where are those shots or linger ? ” Blackberries ” is certainly a nice drive with a lovely old-fashioned sounding drums of ” Lyall Smith . At the end of some tracks Lyall ruffles a bit through and that creates a cozy atmosphere.
The voice of Charlie Saibel like a bit midway between Georgie Fame and Luke Walter Jr. On ‘Cajun Rhythm’ Charlie brings Saibel tribute in an appropriate manner Crescent City and his musicians . Randy Linder plays a beautiful piece of slide guitar on ‘Heavy Rain’ and Charlie Saibel itself supports his drawling vocals with matching keyboards on ‘Out Of Control’ , as shown in the picture and the inlay sheet , or ” That’s When You Know” as stated on the back of the plate . For they indeed one and the same song .
This problem should not spoil the fun for Charlie Saibel has also irresistibly swinging ‘ Ramblin ‘ On ‘with John Beach on sax, on sale yet.
On the title track ‘ Blackberries ‘ Charlie Saibel makes us his piano diets that he would not look out of place in New Orleans.
If there are still some slices of Charlie Saibel would linger somewhere between Olympia , Washington and Belgium, I would say … Bring it on !
” Blackberries ” ( Rhythm & Blues by Charlie Saibel ) leg has the best kept secret for the last seventeen years .

Ivan Van Belleghem ( 5 )

Here’s the first review for Blackberries:


ARTIFICIAL – This song has a nice bouncy beat. The flute work adds to the flavor of this piece which seems to be accepting the fact of things not so real. Charlie covers the gamut in his lyrics – politics, food, and much more!

BLACKBERRIES – As one who has picked these “berries” I can appreciate Saibel’s bluesy take on the difficulty of picking them. There’s a bit of bluesy double entendre here, mixed with some very nice harmony.

CAJUN RHYTHM – LOVE this one! Has some very authentic “Nawlins” riffs! Really rocks with some nice piano work by Charlie! Might as well be “Nawlins”!

COLESLAW – Lyrics to this one make one’s mouth water! Harmonica work is really nice and complements the guitar. The bridge really rocks to a nice ending. Only thing missing are the ribs!

HEAVY RAIN – Funky beat with interesting lyrics. The guitar and keyboards are very nice! One has the sense that we are moving down the road to California with some reminiscences of heavy rain back home.

RAMBLIN ON – Saxophone is a nice backdrop to a bluesy reflection on friendships gone wrong. Nice bridge with keyboard work which sound very much like one is movin’ on to better things!

SUSPENDED ANIMATION – Very nice piece with interesting lyrics and keyboard work. Psychology infused with lyrical references to biofeedback. However, this rhythm and blues gem is anything but sensory deprived!

THAT’S WHEN YOU KNOW – Nice harmonies with a definite gospel feel! Keyboard bridge is very nice with a spirited background blend. Really rocks with a very nice ending!

WISH YOU WERE HERE – Nice lively piece. Sounds like a 40’s tune. Charlie’s lyrics take the listener down Route 66. The bridgework was really nice with a lively beat with good saxophone work! STEP RIGHT UP!

WORLD OF SOUND – Very nice lively piece with great piano work, especially in the middle! You will be amazed with this bluesy WORLD OF SOUND!



Hurdy Gurdy reviews

This review was received from Keys and Chords magazine (Belgium) in early October, 2014:

The glory command me to say that I had never heard of. Charlie Saibel Yet Charlie surprised us with a variety of original songs. Saibel plays bass , piano and keyboard , but has a particularly pleasant voice . Together with Mike Slivka (drums , percussion ), Steve Nowak (guitar) and Dan Blunck (saxophone and flute) Charlie presents twelve original tracks. The album was released in 2006, opens with the Latin groove of ” Demon Rum .” After this mysterious song we’re quick to the jazzy tunes of the instrumental ‘ Gordon’s Blues’. The horn section is a constant , as is the understated organ arrangements of Charlie. On to the Bleusy song ‘ Hot In Heaven’ . Charlie’s voice is perfect for the song and forms a harmony with the exciting organ tones. The title track is a balanced ballad . But if the New Orleans sound comes in lurk strikes us suddenly hard to sit still. As in the attractive ‘Way Back When ‘ way. Voetstampend and hip swaying is then quick to the jazzy oriented ‘ Meet Me Later’. Steve Nowak guitar riffs and Bluck ‘s saxophone solos fit perfectly guided by Charlie’s organ keyboard. ‘Special guest’ Randy Linder enters the spotlight with his slide guitar in the dark sounding ‘ South’ . The flute has a serious stake in the modern ‘ Steal Ling My Pillow . ” And that’s just something we do not miss it after a few listens . What can we now care about a stolen kiss , because it is suddenly very swiftness to it in the remarkable ‘ Stew’ . The closing ‘ You Changed Your Mind ‘ is already a swinging jazzy version.
It is therefore difficult to make . Saibel Charlie into a musical corner under

Philip Verhaege ( 4 )


Review of Charlie Saibel’s HURDY GURDY CD


DEMON RUM – Slick and breezy piano work with a bit ‘o sax thrown in and a sassy ending. Charlie obviously marches to a different drummer – that being DEMON RUM 151!

GORDON’S BLUES – Enjoyed the harmonized sax intro to this easy instrumental blues piece. The B-3 organ sound adds a pleasing touch and MAN can that SAX WAIL!!!!

HOT IN HEAVEN – Hurdy Gurdy here we come! This one has a LOT of Bump n’ Grind mixed in! Hot and sultry tune with backdrop of B-3 organ and great guitar bridge. Charlie’s lyrics and style are HOT too!

HURDY GURDY BAND – Sultry piece that has a gospel feel. Bridge work with a guitar interlude fit in well. Charlie’s lyrics take us on the road with the HURDY GURDY BAND and bring it on home!

LAUGHING AND CRYING – Enjoyed this bouncy piece! Charlie’s lyrics give us both sides of the story – sort of like life! Not to mention the keyboard and guitar mix is pleasing to the ear!

MEET ME LATER – Sax intro is great! Scat is sensational with Charlie’s lyrics and the B-3 and guitar running all over it! Offering an homage to the likes of Mr. Jimmy Smith, B-3 organist extraordinaire! Quick and Cute – MEET ME LATER!

SOUTH – Funky and slow blues piece with crisp rhthyms. The lyrics fit well too and the guitar bridge is exquisite! Don’t Go South – (Unless Charlie Says So!)

SPACE AGE PLASTIC – Timely and appropriate statement on our hermetically sealed plastic world – shrink wrapped even! Loved Charlie’s lyric on pills that cannot be opened – SO TRUE! Bridge is bouncy and fits well with Charlie’s treatise on the ills of our space age “plastic” world!

STEALING MY PILLOW – Flute intro gives this piece a 60’s sound. The xylophone bridge is a fabulous touch as well. Don’t steal Charlie’s pillow at night – It ain’t RIGHT!

STEW – Scat on a most scrumptious stew with a sax run that REALLY ROCKS! The B-3 is great too and the harmony kicks it up a notch! The lyrics had me hungry for more – STEW!

WAY BACK WHEN – Honky Tonk feel with Charlie remembering a past love in sultry tones. Reminded me of some of Dr. John’s work. The saxophone bridge is a beautiful touch along with the keyboards. Comes to a very satisfying ending as well!

YOU CHANGED YOUR MIND – This one opens with Charlie’s sultry tones complementing the B-3. Charlie’s bridgework with the organ backs up this one with the organ taking over. The magical memories offer a big finish!

…by RA Metcalf, October 2014


RIGHTEOUS STEW, CD review by Jimmy Squire

I like Charlie Saibel and the Intrusions, one reason being that when I first met them (they was performing one night at the Spar) I accidentally knocked over a cymbal, and their drummer did not respond, as many another assuredly would have done, by shoving a drumstick up my ass.  Thanks for that.  But also I like their music.  On their new CD, Hurdy Gurdy Band, we get a dozen new cuts with Mike Slivka (drums) Steve Nowak (guitar), Dan blounck (sax and flute) and Randy Linder (slide guitar), and Charlie doing the keyboard, bass and singing, all of it Charlie’s original stuff.  The style is wit any jazzy blues and the songs reveal Charlie’s solid compositional talent, as in “Stew”:


  Prepare the chicken stock, and get ready to rock

  Saute a red potato, puree a rutabaga

  If you’re feeling sad and blue

  I’ll cook us up a righteous stew

dIt’s a lot of fun, so it’s a damn shame that the mix is so bad – in fact, it’s terrible, with Charlie’s vocals sounding way off in another room somewhere, like he’s singing with his head in a bottle and the mike has been lasthed to a rain gutter outside.  Too bad, because except for that substantial blemish, it’s not only righteous, it’s downright delicious.

Vitamin J jazz jam session

Here are a few pics of the Vitamin J jazz jam session, where I play occasionally as part of the monthly session at Traditions Cafe

Olympia Oyster House

Pics of Charlie playing at the Oyster House & brief discussion of the style he plays in there


To get an idea of all the diverse places and styles I’ve played in, here are a few examples