Down to the Delta is Timo Gross debut album from 2005. Recorded with Voodoo Blue, Michael Siegwart and Frowin Ickler and many guests, the album demonstrates a great range that established Timo Gross as a great hope of the German blues scene. The album was chosen as album of the month by Bluesnews in 2005.
The qualities of Timo Gross as a songwriter are first class.
Crisp electric guitar riffing and keyboardist Markus Lauer are fully on the mark when it comes to making the listener curious. Special attention should be paid to the backing chorus. The title track “Down To The Delta” opens the disc in a first class manner.
Besides an emotional Timo Gross guitar solo in “Diggin’ In The Dirt”, the piece mixes up the brass section with Thoms Siffling (trumpet, flugelhorn) as well as Michael Steiner (saxophones) properly. Great!
The brass section also gets into action in other tracks, such as “Sugar Mama”. This song captivates by the fetzigen horns. Class also comes the somewhat relaxed part with its contrasting dobro use very well.
After the funkily laid out “I Need You Badly”, the “Don’t Mess Around” slow blues fills the atmosphere. Wonderful how the protagonist brings his guitar fantasies to the man and woman in a multi-layered way. Highlight!
The funk has already been mentioned and appears again in “My Baby’s Gone”.
Supported in phases with the Wah Wah pedal, it goes here – also caused by the brass – energetic. It is simply fascinating in which form Timo Gross makes friends with his guitar excursions – in whatever blues coloration.
Over a delightful, relaxed-grooving “Struttin’,” they embed “Room To Breath” in a beautifully swinging jazz ambience. Here it is Markus Lauer who takes center stage with his great solo. Timo Gross answers furiously. Great! “Rocktimes”