"Dangerous, the impressive Western debut of Russian singer-guitarist Arsen Shomakhov, marks a stylistic range that spans the ripping root-sock of “Too Hot” and “You’re the One”, superfly funk (“Troublemaker”), moody, late-night jazz (“Rainy Drive”), and blues, from the lazy, walking-bass shuffle “Let Me Be Your Romeo” to the Jimmy McCracklin-esque “Low Down Shakin’ Chill” to Freddie King’s slow “Use What You Got”."
- Tom Hyslop, BLUES REVUE
HEAVY STEPPIN', 2002. (Dialogue Music)
"This triad of former cold war foes comes with a refreshing approach. Their focus is enticing guitar and distinctive songwriting of Shomakhov.
Trying to escape the same old blues? Forget those teen-age brat guitarists and experience some invigorating blues-rock from the international music scene."
- Tim Holeck
“Dynamic is a guitar-lover's delight of an album, one that stayed in the CD player of the Toronto Blues Society Society for a week."
- John Valenteyn, TORONTO BLUES SOCIETY
"Now living in Vancouver, Arsen Shomakhov has enlisted a number of prominent local musicians to produce an album of earthy blues. His approach is not flashy guitar overkill but an economic restraint in which feel and tone count for more than dexterity."
- Tom Harrison, THE PROVINCE
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