Jeff Chaz review… March 2, 2015…

JEFF CHAZ

CHRONICLES

JCP RECORDS  JCPX 62606

TIRED OF BEING LONELY–INSTRUMENT OF PLEASURE–I SMELL SOMETHIN’ FUNKY–MORNING COFFEE–DREAMS DON’T LIE–DON’T GO MONKEYIN’ AROUND (DUET WITH TOMATO)–SEAFOOD DEPT. BLUES–THE SCENT OF A WOMAN–HELLO BLUES–I’VE GOT TO BE CLEAN

Jeff Chaz has been a bluesman for most of his adult life, spreading the good word of the blues from Memphis to New Orleans and everywhere in between.  His latest release is a ten-cut compilation entitled “Chronicles,” which is a “best of” from his previous albums for Select-O-Hits and Icehouse Records, which are now, sadly, out of print at this time.

Jeff was mentored by Little Milton, and that gritty soul is evident throughout these cuts.  His guitar playing has a decided bite to it, with elements of Delta blues as well as uptown soul.  You gotta love that wah-wah guitar line running thru the leadoff “Tired Of Being Lonely.”  He realizes that his lover is just using him as her “Instrument Of Pleasure” on the slow-burn of this one, while “Dreams Don’t Lie, baby, and you’ve been talking in your sleep” conveys the same love-on-the-rocks message.  And, another lover thinks somethin’ is sho’ nuff “fishy goin’ on” with Jeff working in the “Seafood Dept. at Kroger all day long!”  This is another great slow-blues with a decided touch of humor, much like Little Milton had in many of his songs.  He closes the set with the rockin’ tale of a man who loves fine clothes, “I Got To Be Clean.”

One thing is prevalent throughout this set—you can dance your ass off to most of these cuts, and our favorites were no exception.  Check out that scratch ‘n’ sniff backbeat of “I Smell Somethin’ Funky,” while another clever play on words is a rocked-up duet with a female vocalist tabbed only as Tomato, “Don’t Go Monkeyin’ Around.”

Jeff Chaz is a bluesman bent on having a helluva good time while bringing great blues to his fans.  His career-spanning “Chronicles” has something for everyone!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

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