ALBUM REVIEWS: 'WOMAN ON THE RUN'
Julie Fox, Reviewer - Sydney Blues Society 2014
There’s only one word for this album: Sensational!
As the front person, Dorothy-Jane has more than the required credentials; powerful, dynamic vocals, gutsy harp playing and enough experience and professionalism behind her to hire only the best to showcase her music. And this is exactly what we get on Woman On The Run. And doesn’t it show!
Filling out the sound for Dorothy-Jane ‘DJ Gosper’, on vocals and harp, we also have Baz Cooper playing keys and back-up vocals, Paul Leeder on bass and Mikey Stratford on drums. ...there are a huge variety of styles – something to please everyone, and not a dud track to be found.
Standouts would have to be: Boom Bam Pop. A rockin’ good number for those dancers with the best, gutsy harp playing. This woman is so damn good!
And then we have Baz swirling those Hammond sounds around, while Mikey puts down some chunky sounds on the skins and Paul lays down some throbbing notes on that 5 string – magic!
Who would think you could make Mango Ice Cream sound so sexy? Dorothy-Jane manages to! Sultry vocals, double entendre lyrics, great organ playing, plaintive harp. One very catchy number.
Love the Latin flavour in the tribute to James Bond; Shake Don’t Stir. And then there’s the lyrics; no double entendre here, these are straight up, raunchy and very sexy! How could you resist an offer like that Mr. Bond?
Great version of the Willie Dixon number; I Just Want to Make Love to You. I don’t think I’ve ever heard such a downright sexy, powerful, version of this old standard. This one track alone showcases what an amazing vocal range DJ possesses. Great keyboards, as well as that plaintive harp wailing behind a swinging backbeat.
I won’t go on and on, but I could! Just take my word for it; you need this album in your collection, and you definitely need to see this band playing live – they’re a knockout!
Rory McCartney - BMA Magazine 2013
DJ Gosper is well known about town as a blues and jazz force of nature.
She scored the award for Best Blues/Jazz Artist at the inaugural MAMAs, and achieved national recognition as a vocal finalist in the 2012 Australian Blues Music Awards.
Woman on the Run is her fifth album, some of which have been done under a number of guises, including as half of the duo Karismakatz.
Gusts of Hammond organ blow through as a prelude to the husky voice of Dorothy-Jane, belting out the opener Tangled and Dark with her V8 capacity voice.
You've gotta love the vibrato in the keyboard work of Baz Cooper, keeping it funky with a strong '70s vibe. He keeps the keys rumbling along and adds some gravelly backing vocals in the follow-up, a cover of the jump blues song Let the Good Times Roll. DJ uses the jiving tune as a platform for a master class in making her harmonica, in which she’s a recognised virtuoso, strut like an alley cat.
The title track is another CD highlight, with its heart-beat rhythm and some more slick keyboard work from Baz.
There’s a lot of sass in Mango Ice Cream (where DJ leaves no doubt about her favourite flavour) and Boom Bam Bop with its locomotive-style harmonica magic and lines like ‘Forget about footy on Channel 7’.
A special surprise is the remake of Foghat’s '70s rock classic I Just Want to Make Love to You, with the wailing guitars replaced by flashing keys.
DJ’s latest is a powerful bite of blues, with a nibble of jazz and a lick of soul, boosted by outstanding harmonica and glitzy keyboard work.
ALBUM REVIEW: "The Driver's Seat" Gary Stanford, Canberra Blues Society
"... a very tasty album." "...If anyone is entitled to delve into the Blues it is Dee-Jay." "... a tasty mix of classics and self-composed tracks. Whilst there are tracks with guest guitarists, the essence of the band is guitar-free. To slightly more traditional fans, this may seem a curious mode for a Blues band, but it certainly works."
"The Driver’s Seat offers you a quality ride in the company of good musicians doing what they love and it is easy to share their feeling.
Regi Su, Get Shot Magazine "Woman on the Run" Review:
“Woman On The Run” is the latest album from the Dorothy-Jane Band. This new album is a great showcase of Dorothy-Jane (DJ)’s talents as a singer-songwriter working in neat cohesion with her band.
Her vocals are like a full-bodied red wine, they’re a little husky, deep and powerful. Her voice is mesmerising, it tells a story and her harmonica is hypnotic.
Baz Cooper on the keys is a shining talent as well which sparkles throughout every tune; both in DJ’s originals or tracks from Canberra bluesman Dean Edgecombe, like “The Same Old Blues”.
Tunes like “Boom Bam Bop” are wonderfully frivolous and are guaranteed to get you up and dancing with a beat like the chug of a train and featuring keys and harmonica. The band is so well polished, very professional is it’s execution of song dynamics and the atmosphere is groovin’ funky.
Songs like “Mango Ice-Cream” make me want more of DJ’s voice. The backing drums and bass are great, the keys solo is impressive as ever, but I want more vocal power, some raw, passionate, unleashing of a vocal dragon or something later in the tune and I get this feeling with every tune. The music is wonderful, I just want more of her voice, a bit of unchained glory to give more dynamics to the song. It does happen a little towards the end of this tune, and don’t get me wrong, this is a good sign, because I admit, I want more.
Throughout the album it’s like she whispers in your ear, like in “Shake Don’t Stir”, and it’s so tantalising, but I can hear the raw power within.
Let it roar!
“I Just Want To Make Love To You” is a tune where she does let it rip in the chorus and it was so refreshing. It’s the sort of music I could see at a darkened bar with DJ and her band featuring on stage, and I think that live, they would be electric.
DJ Gosper… a convincing songwriter…” “…remarkably talented singer and blues harp player.” “…Gosper’s backing quintet displays a high level of musicianship at every turn…” “…Gosper’s blues is a platform where she connects with her audience, lightheartedly baring her soul without any pretentiousness.”
Al Hensley - Rhythms Magazine 2009
"One of the finest blues and jazz voices Australia has produced."
Tim Holt - ABC Radio Bega 2014
"When this Dorothy clicks her heels, she does not land in Kansas; she lands fair and square on Blues Highway."
Phil Birch-Marston - Artsound FM 2009
"You have lifted the bar on this album [Driver's Seat]. Your voc's have always looked after themselves, but you 'tin sandwich' playing has been given 'steroids' this time!" "...Stand outs for me are Cadillac Blues and Jump Jive & Wail."
"Tecka" Terry Iredale, Tecka's Tracks Rock & Blues Show HOTFM 106.7FM 2011
"DJ Gosper is a fine singer, a fine songwriter and a fine harmonica player. All these talents combine beautifully to create 'Hot Flush Blues' - a very fine CD from this remarkably talented woman."
Jim Conway – Australian Harmonica Legend 2009
“DJ Gosper showed us that as well as being a great blues singer, she is one of the hottest harp players around..."
Dom Melano - Canberra Blues Society 2007
"A great harp player and singer with the soul and spirit to overcome even the most daunting of obstacles, DeeJay Gosper is a true blues woman."
Shaun Bindley - Blues With A Feeling 98.9fm Brisbane 2011
“… just luv the sound of your voice DJ… smooth & rough but dripping with honey all at once...”
Steve Fox - Mogo Raw Art & Blues 2009
“Sassy and sultry blues done oh so well.”
Geoff Pegler, Bluesbeat 2009
"...I'm so impressed. I love your latest cd. Full of such feeling, warmth and vigour - it's gotta be a hit..." "...your best yet!"
Dave Barker, Star FM, Tasmania 2009
"DJ has a fine, rich, powerful voice and also plays a mean Blues harmonica. Her live performances are full of energy and natural, open-hearted emotion."
Phil Birch-Marston - Artsound FM 2009
“Have you heard DJ Gosper sing on her latest cd Hot Flush Blues? "...fantastic." "See her live & you’ll be blown away by this awesome musician."
Wendy Rudin - Spirit of the Blues, Spirit FM 2009
"DJ Gosper's new release 'Hot Flush Blues' ...shows how versatile this lady really is..."
Arthur Elliott - 99.7FM, Brisbane 2009
"This fine CD [Spirit on the Rise]… shows off DJ and Christo’s well honed song writing talents, ... excellent musicianship... and DJ’s amazing vocal abilities.” “Beautiful music indeed.”
John Williams - Trad & Now 2007
"Since her return to the stage, breast cancer survivor, DJ Gosper, performs with a passion that know no tomorrow."
Bill Arnett - The Folkus Room 2007
"DJ is one of Australia's best harmonica players and has the voice of a blues diva!"
Guy Gibson - The Merry Muse 2007
“Why oh why? Why don’t we hear more of this sort of singer/musician instead of the vapid garbage so often played? …If you love your music from women with grit and determination then DJ Gosper is for you…!”
85kurtz - iTunes Reviewer
“Introducing DJ Gosper… I don’t understand how she has been overlooked. With her voice and harmonica playing, she should be at the top level of Australian performers. I am thrilled to have her performing at our festival.”
Graeme White – The Milton Theatre, Kidgeeridge Festival
“I’d like to shout out loud about DJ’s GREAT voice!” “…endlessly versatile and amazingly variable…” “I highly recommend DJ Gosper and her band.” “stunning harp” “sensational guitar” “truly lovely harmonies”.
Shelley Clarke – Culturazi Review of Hot Flush Blues CD Launch 2009
"...simply superb ...One of the best voices i have ever heard coupled with some excellent guitar work and sensational blues harp ... bluesed the place to not so much a standstill as a heaving morass of clapping and cheering ... totally blown away by DJ’s sublime singing and her amazing blues harp..."
Bill Quinn - Artsound FM92.7 2009
“DJ's harp playing is a monument to style, tone and good taste.”
Ernie Van Veen 2006