Rene Trossman Band

Quotes from Reviews of I'M ON A ROLL

"Overall, a well done album with plenty of variety and a lot of obvious care taken in the arrangements and performances. Everyone plays well, and often very well. It impressed me that you have so many originals on this album, and well-constructed and literate songs. There's a lot to be proud of here. Thank you for sharing the fine music."
Bruce Iglauer – President, Alligator Records

"“Steeped in U.S.A. Blues club sounds, big, brassy, with a little hint of Fenton Robinson, and a lot of Buddy Scott. Elsewhere the astute listener might detect a touch of Freddie King, and Albert King too, and a smidgeon of Otis Rush.”"
Norman Darwen - Blues and Rhythm Magazine (U.K.) May - 2012

"“Rene has managed to produce a CD which authentic, classic blues and an absolute delight to the ears... With excellent horn arrangements, plenty of clean guitar lines and some solid original songs, there is a lot to like about this CD and I recommend it wholeheartedly."
John Mitchell - Blues Blast Magazine (U.K.)

"Without any doubt, Rene plays authentic Chicago blues with clear links to modern blues, which gives him that extra “something special”. In fact, everyone who likes Blues musicians like Duke Robillard, Lurrie Bell and Ronnie Earl, you're definitely in the right place. If you love the blues, especially the Chicago Blues, without any mimicking, check out the CD, “I'm On a Roll” by Rene Trossman. It delivers the “Chicago sound” unconditionally."
Milan Loncar – Soundguardian.com (Croatia)

"His new CD further strengthens the recognition that he deserves as a talented guitarist and composer. Each title on Rene Trossman's CD is a fire by itself. Rene delivers rough, hardcore blues, full of vitamins that remove the pulp from your mind. With Rene it's not fake, the guy plays the Blues as he lives it, as he feels it deep inside him, directly connected with his origins and his Chicago Blues. A CD that imposes itself as the natural continuation of his first CD (Postmarked Illinois) with class and energy. Awesome!"
Frankie Pfieffer – Mr. Pfieffer writes for: Blues Magazine (France); Paris Move (France); Blues Matters Magazine (U.K.)

"Nice to listen, with a beer in your hand. You'll forget your daily worries. Good advice isn't cheap, so, if possible buy Rene Trossman's latest CD - I'm On a Roll.”"
Wim Velderman - Keys and Chords Magazine (NL)

"The blues at its best starting with the title track.... The CD (I'm On a Roll – Rene Trossman) reflects the musical journey of a great songwriter whose inspiration came from the Chicago Blues. Lovers of retro blues arrangements will be pampered here."
Rejean Nadon - Le Net Blues (France)

"This is a full-blown, lush sounding Chicago Blues experience, featuring the swirling Hammond of long-time collaborator Jan Korinek, the funky clipped bass of Jan Tengler. and a horn section with enough punch to win a barroom fight. The album makes you feel good.... Nine of the eleven songs are originals, and creativity was clearly high when they were written. No fillers, and all good stuff."
Tony Emerson – Prague Jazz Blog

"The music grooves, swings, bubbles, and is simply fun! "I'm On Roll" does not want to reinvent the blues, instead the album celebrates it with enthusiasm and brilliance." Nathan Nörgel, Wasser-Prawda and Redaktionsleiter "Crossroad Cafe" at Radio 98eins - 2013

Quotes from Reviews of POSTMARKED ILLINOIS

"...Rene's playing is pure Chicago... ...making this CD a joy for all listeners of the straight-ahead Chi-town Blues."
Blues Matters magazine - March/April - 2008 - U.K.

"...Postmarked Illinois, is a heapin' helpin' of Chicago blues covers and originals that really show his roots.“ 
Mike O'Cull - Illinois Entertainer - February, 2008

"...bathed in a pure juice of Chicago blues. ...excellent album by Rene Trossman, an album that will stand out, a must, an essential…!
Francois Pfeiffer - BLUES Magazine, March, 2008 - France

"...playing in a style that owes a little to T-Bone Walker and more to the great sounds of the Chicago blues clubs of the sixties - Earl Hooker, Magic Sam, and Otis Rush, for example. He sings too, in a manner reminiscent of his big hero, the sadly under-rated Windy City bluesman Kennith "Buddy" Scott, and his own songwriting (four originals out of 12 tracks) is fine. Look out for this "new" talent - only 20 years of blues experience! We will be hearing more of him, I am sure.
NORMAN DARWEN - Blues Art Journal - November, 2007 - Austria

"When they come to France, don't miss this band!"
Soul Bag Magazine - December, 2007

"...unmistakable groove and immaculate old school sound."
Onrej Bezr - IDNES.CZ - 2007

"Trossman's raw voice makes this record more than worthy to listen to."
"When you listen to the title song ("Postmarked Illinois") you imagine yourself in the blues area of Chicago. A nice guitar solo makes this song a highlight."
Ger van Eldik - Bobtje Blues Review - Dutch Blues Website, in English

"When you listen to the title song ("Postmarked Illinois") you imagine yourself in the blues area of Chicago." */Ger van Eldik - Bobtje Blues Review - Belgium

"Trossman feels West Side blues in every single sound, both, as a guitar player and as a vocalist." */Andrzej Matysik - Twoj Blues Magazine - Poland - 2007/

From Blues artists:

"I love it! You did a great job. Keep up the good work!" */Bob Stroger - Blues Living Legend/bass player - 2007/*

"Rene Trossman has a deep understanding of Chicago blues guitar and I enjoy hearing him carry on that tradition." */Bob Margolin-Blues Artist/W.C. Handy Nominee - 2007*/

Other quotes and reviews

Press:

Trossman took the microphone, welcomed the crowd, and then leapt into a funky blues number that rocked the place along with most of the audience crammed inside of it.
Getting the blues in Prague Elliott HesterSyndicated Columnist. September 1, 2003 LINK


"The Rene Trossman Band has quietly become a major force for Chicago blues in Prague. His tight, bright quartet is installed at U Maleho Glena jazz club every Wednesday, where they've been packing the small club into the wee hours with local and visiting fans. Trossman, a Chicago native leads the newest incarnation of his group with a guitar style influenced by urban blues forces like Albert King, shown off at its best when he burns out classics such as "Ain't Nobody's Business"
By Will Tizard For The Prague Post July 24, 2003 LINK



I found the band's rendition of T-Bone Walker's classic, "Glamour Girl," to be exceptional with guitar by Rene Trossman that is very reminiscent of the style forged by T-Bone Walker throughout his career The Jimmy Witherspoon classic, "Ain't Nobody's Business," allows the band to work out on a nice slow blues that includes more tasty guitar work by Rene Trossman
Dave "Doc" Piltz - Review of: EB Davis - I Write The Checks (Faust Records - FR23-2331) July 2002 LINK


"...throws a little Traditional Blues, a dash of easy shuffle and Jump, with a sprinkling of the classic late night, smoke filled, bloodshot eyeballin' music that makes you wanna say "Set'em up Sam"
Where The Music Takes Me: Jan Korinek and Groove Featuring EB Davis By Michael Roberts February 2002 LINK

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