Jeff Chaz review…March 18, 2016…

JEFF CHAZ

SOUNDS LIKE THE BLUES TO ME

JCP RECORDS  JCPX 1062

SOUNDS LIKE THE BLUES TO ME–MAKE LOVE TO YOU IN THE SAND–HITCHHIKING IN THE RAIN–I AM THE BLUES–YOU LOOK SO GOOD TO ME–MYSTERIOUS, EXOTIC LADY–I’M GOING AFTER MOBY DICK IN A ROWBOAT–FOUR IN THE MORNING–WILL YOU BE MINE–WALKIN’ WITH MY BABY–THE MT. VERNON BLUES–YOU’RE BOUND TO GET US BOTH HUNG

Jeff Chaz was born in Louisiana, and spent part of his youth in California.  Drawn to the sounds of blues guitar, he made a pilgrimage to Memphis to absorb all he could before going to New Orleans to stay.  That fluid, potent guitar is at the epicenter of his latest album, “Sounds Like The Blues To Me,” for JCP Records.  Coupled with his soulful, crystal-clear vocals, this set of twelve of Jeff’s originals takes a look at life and love, often with a touch of humor, and always with his credo of bringing to you the best in blues.

That age-old cheatin’ game, where “two plus one equals three” makes it so that everything “Sounds Like The Blues To Me.”  The horn section pushes the straight-up funk of Jeff’s tale of someone who’s “always there when you need to express yourself,” one way or the other–“I Am The Blues.”  He gets right down to brass tacks on the Mardi Gras-themed good times of “Make Love To You In The Sand,” and his wit and sense of humor is on full display as he aims to be a “big star,” and is hell-bent on “Goin’ After Moby Dick In A Rowboat–and I’m bringin’ the tartar sauce!!”  “The Mt. Vernon Blues” is a swingin’  instrumental, and Jeff closes the set as it began–with another good ole cheatin’ tale.  This time, Jeff is in on the fix, as he and the “other woman” are buckin’ to get caught, so much so that “You’re Bound To Get Us Both Hung!”  This one is eight minutes of slow-burnin’ bliss,  with Jeff’s lead runs bringing the emotion to this cut.

Our favorite was easy.  “You Look Good To Me” again uses the horn section and John Autin’s B-3 to drive this jump-blures tune, with Jeff’s guitar sounding sweetly like that of vintage B. B. King.

Jeff Chaz was invited to play “Amazing Grace” a capella at the dedication of the Civil Rights Museum on the site of the old Lorraine Motel in Memphis.  He’s been a fixture in New Orleans for several years, and the good times of “Sounds Like The Blues To Me” is sure to add to his  legacy!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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