Archive for November, 2011

Jumpin’ Jack Benny review 11-09-11

JUMPIN JACK BENNY

I’LL BE ALRIGHT

BOPPIN RECORDS  BPN 001

 

I DON’T BELIEVE–TELL ME PLEASE–LET YOUR LOVE GO–I’LL BE ALRIGHT–MEAN WOMAN BLUES–FIND A FOOL–BIG WOMAN BLUES–PARTY’S ON–TAKE TIME OUT TO HEAR ME SOME BLUES–ONE MORE SONG–YOU GOT YOURS I GOT MINE

 

 

 

Known for his raucous, high-energy live shows, bandleader Jumpin’ Jack Benny has captured the feel of his shows onto his debut release for Boppin Records, “I’ll Be Alright.”  A killer vocalist and harpman, he incorporates elements of the old-school R & B revues of the Sixties with the gritty sounds of today’s contemporary blues.  Throughout these eleven cuts, the urge to dance is a constant, as Jack’s showmanship is augmented by his stellar backing crew, which uses a hot horn section on several cuts.

 

This non-stop funk brigade kicks off with “I Don’t Believe,” with its call-and-response harp/guitar interplay between Jack and Tony Fingers.  An extended guitar intro jumpstarts “Mean Woman Blues,” which may bring to mind classic SRV.  The set closes with two smokin’ live cuts.  The “funky blues” of “One More Song” has several factors trying to disrupt Jack’s gig, but he’s determined to get in that last encore!  And, the swingin’, horn-driven “You Got Yours, I Got Mine” gives everyone a chance to show their stuff.

 

We had two favorites, too.  Jack’s lover “took time out” to take care of things at home, and now is ready to “Take Time Out And Hear Me Some Blues.’  And, the hilarious slow-cookin’ “Big Woman Blues” lets you know the kind of woman it takes to please Jack, and the harp and slide work takes this one right down thru the Delta.

 

Jumpin’ Jack Benny has been described as “one part James Brown, one part Baptist preacher, and one part Sinatra.”  So, decide for yourself while you enjoy “I’ll Be Alright!”   Until next time, Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society.

Savoy Brown review-11/7/11

SAVOY BROWN

VOODOO MOON

RUF RECORDS 1173

SHOCKWAVES–NATURAL MAN–TOO MUCH MONEY–SHE’S GOT THE HEAT–LOOK AT THE SUN–24/7–ROUND AND ROUND–VOODOO MOON–MEET THE BLUES HEAD ON

 

 

Legendary  British blues-rock band Savoy Brown has been a viable force on the popular music scene since their beginnings in 1966.  Guitarist Kim Simmonds remains at the helm, and, to celebrate the band’s 45th anniversary, they have signed with Ruf Records and have just released “Voodoo Moon.”  It is nine all-original, brand-new cuts from Kim that place emphasis on the song moreso than is normally associated with the blues-rock genre’.  Simmonds himself, believes that these are some of his best works since his younger days, when a racially-mixed group of lads laid the groundwork for the British blues movement of the Sixties.

 

This group finds Kim on guitar, with Joe Whiting on sax and vocals, Pat DeSalvo on bass and Garnet Grimm on drums.  Over the course of their illustrious history, they have shared the stage with legends such as Cream and John Lee Hooker, and that “endless boogie” permeates the lead off tale of a lover so good that she sends “Shockwaves” up and down your spine!  A man who “don’t have a mojo” and who’s not “bad to the bone,” begs his lover to take him for what he is, just a “Natural Man.”  This one name-checks just about every blues cliche’ ever contrived and is a very cool song.  “24-7 is a righteous, jammin’ instrumental which makes good use of Joe Whiting’s sax.  And, the set closes with a spot of good advice to those who find themselves overwhelmed at times, “don’t run and hide-Meet The Blues Head On.”

Our favorite was an easy choice.  Kim breaks out the Elmore James slide licks over the tale of another red-hot mama, with a “come and get it look in her eyes,” “She’s Got The Heat.”

 

Savoy Brown was there at the very beginning of the British Invasion, and forty-five years down the road, remain a viable force on the contemporary blues scene.  “Voodoo Moon” is a set that is definitely keeping the blues alive!!!   Until next time, Sheryl and Don Crow.