John Ginty review…July 11, 2015…

JOHN GINTY

NO FILTER

AMERICAN SHOWPLACE MUSIC  ASM 5116

FREDO–BALL OF FIRE–OLD SHOES–ELEVATORS–BATTLEGROUNDS–ROCK AND ROLL SUNDAY–ANNANDALE–NO JELLY–PIRATES–NO FILTER–FREDO-REMIX FEAT. REDMAN

John Ginty is one of the most highly-regarded keyboard men on today’s contemporary scene.  He’s worked with the Dixie Chicks, Santana, and Albert Castiglia, among others, and was a founding member of the Robert Randolph Family Band.  His breakout CD from a year or so back, “Bad News Travels,” along with its companion live CD/DVD, exposed him to a world-wide audience.  He has just released his latest set, “No Filter,” on the American Showplace Music label.  Produced by Ben Elliott, it is eleven cuts of John’s signature powerhouse keyboard work, done again with a stellar cast of backing players and vocalists.

Let’s get right into this great music.  John’s music has a gospel feel, mixed with jazz and Southern rock, with everything firmly rooted in the blues.  He kicks off with a strong, darkly-themed, percussion-heavy instrumental, “Fredo.”  The remix of this cut closes the set, performed as a socially-conscious  rap from Redman, who cautions us herein that the world “is still full of Backstabbers–just ask the O’Jays!”

In between, John’s versatility on all things keyed is on full display.  The samba shades of “Ball Of Fire” features vocals and guitar from Cris Jacobs, who also adds vocals on the somber tale of a convicted criminal who never “realized he wasn’t going back to Annandale.”

One of the staples of John’s live shows is “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed,” and he pays tribute to his Southern-rock heroes with the instrumentals, “Elevators,” and “No Jelly,” which veers into a spacey, tripped-out climax.

John ended his first CD with a gospel-meets-blues instrumental entitled “Trinity.”  He gives us two more of those great gospel-inflected tunes herein, both done with vocals, and these served as our favorites.  Paul Gerdts is the featured vocalist in the tale of a preacher who never really minded having a “Rock And Roll Sunday!”  This one hits you like vintage Ray Charles, and John’s keys do some mighty fine testifyin.  And, speaking of testifyin,’ no one does it better than John’s good friend Alexis P. Suter.  She’s backed by John on acoustic piano on this stop-time blues where she reminds us not to “tell me what I should do until you’ve walked a mile in these Old Shoes!”

With “No Filter,” John Ginty further adds to his resume’ as bandleader, taking his keyboard wizardry to places few players, if any, have ever trod.  A consummate performer and great friend, he makes this set one that should not be missed!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

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