The biggest challenge of the new CD released this weekend by Mocombo at Algoma University College was laying the bed tracks in just three days.
But for seasoned musicians like Jay Scali, Bobby Clarke and Mocombo founder and driving force Danny Mott (shown), it was a challenge that stimulated very good work.
Guest appearances on the new CD include Val Suriano on saxophone, Steve Ryan on Trumpet and Gerry Paquin on blues harmonica.
Kyle McKey, the group's junior member, already plays like he's been doing it for decades so it wasn't much of a challenge for him, Mott says.
When Mott brought in producer Rob DiGioia from Toronto, he thought he'd only have him a few days.
But DiGioia liked what he was mixing and mastering at Southpine Studios in the Sault so much that he offered to come back for Mocombo's next CD, already in the works.
Flop House Daddy Mocombo's fourth release, features seven original tunes and a selection of blues standards and blues songs including Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon.
"The highlight feature of the album is Jay Scali doing his signature version of Albert Collins tune 'Too Many Dishes'," Mott said.
Mocombo's three earlier releases are very different from Flop House Daddy and from each other, he said.
"Zubie Zubie [Mocombo's last release} has an exoticism about it because of the various world influences heard in the music," said Mott.
Dreamscape is almost New Age in its meditative melodies.
"Odyssey features songs with R&B, pop fusion and blues and the exotic flavours of East Indian and African instruments," Mott says on the Mocombo website.