Jeff Chaz review…December 8, 2016…

JEFF CHAZ

THIS SILENCE IS KILLING ME

JCPX 1082

SAVIN’ EVERYTHING FOR YOU–THIS SILENCE IS KILLING ME–I AIN’T NOTHIN’ NICE–I’M NOT ALL THERE–THE BLUES IS MY DRUG–MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU–ONCOMING TRAIN–FRIED CHICKEN STORE–SELF INFLICTED WOUND–THE BACKWASH BLUES–CREOLE MUSTARD SWING

One can never get too much of a good thing, especially when it comes to the blues.  Jeff Chaz, a staple on the New Orleans scene, has just released his second album of 2016, entitled “This Silence Is Killing Me.”  (His previous album, “Sounds Like The Blues To Me,” was reviewed within this humble forum on March 18, 2016).

Jeff wrote all eleven cuts on this one, too.  And, he still possesses that powerful, clear-as-a-bell vocal delivery, and a huge, fat guitar tone that recalls B. B. and Lucille.  On this set, there are danceable grooves mixed with tough, slow-blues, and even a funky, New-Orleans-styled Christmas song!

The party starts on a hi-octane note, as Jeff is workin’ so much, he “don’t even have the time to spend the money I make,” so, “I’m Savin’ Everything For You!”  This one is punched up by the sweet horn arrangements from A. J. Pittman, too.  Jeff revs up the cha-cha beat on a tune that is a really clever turn of a lyric, as he tells a lover, “I may be here, but I’m Not All There.”   Another cool tune offers up a humorous look at life’s situations, where, sometimes, the “light at the end of the tunnel” might just be from an “Oncoming Train.”  The set closes with an all-out, no-holds-barred rockin’ instrumental, that ole “Creole Mustard Swing.”

We had two favorites, too, both on the slow-blues side, one humorous, and one decidedly not so much.  First up is the horn-fueled story of the sly-and-sexy goings-on down at the “Fried Chicken Store,” with double-entendres’ the order of the day!   On the serious side, Jeff is the lover who can read the handwriting on the wall as he and his girl “made love with no reply,” and now,  all that’s left is the dark, minor-key blues of “This Silence Is Killing Me.”

Jeff Chaz continues to prove why he is one of the hardest-working players on the Big Easy scene.  The swingin’, soulful grooves of “This Silence Is Killing Me” are a fine testimony to his immense talents!  Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow.

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