Jon Gindick review…December 20, 2016….

JON GINDICK

WHEN WE DIE WE ALL COME BACK AS MUSIC

OLD CHIMNEY RECORDS

WHEN WE DIE WE ALL COME BACK AS MUSIC–WISHING WELL–BIRD ON A WIRE–GHOST DANCE–SCHOOL–MAXINE–I LOVE YOU MORE–MYSTERY–JEALOUS KIND OF GUY–EASY COME, EASY GO

Harmonica master Jon Gindick  is not only a great player, but also a great teacher of harp technique.  He’s written books on the subject  to inspire others to play the harp.  Jon’s Blues Harmonica Band Camps, held several times a year in Clarksdale, MS, and Ventura, CA, take players, no matter what their skill level, and teach them to play, write songs, and sing in front of a band.

Jon’s debut release, of all-original material, is entitled, “When We Die, We All Come Back As Music.”  It is produced by multi-talented Ralph Carter, who plays several instruments herein, and they are joined by a fine group of renowned musicians to round out the ensemble.

This set touches on several variations of the blues, and would serve as a fine tool for his students to learn from.  The set opens with the jazzy swing of the title cut.  Alongside Jon’s harp there is a kicky horn section that drives this tale of harmonic reincarnation, where “your soul’s vibration makes a beautiful sound!”  That lonely “Bird On A Wire” with his mournful song of “Nevermore,” betrays Jon’s decree of “never again will I fall in love!”  This one features Mr. Carter on acoustic piano, and a sweet backing chorus.  “Maxine” is one of those girls who “walks like Bo Diddley plays guitar,” and knows what to do “when the rent comes due!”  Porn-flick wah-wah guitar from Brad Rabuchin just adds to the fun!  Jon gets his Chicago groove on with the Willie Dixon-esque tale of what makes a man and a woman click, always trying to solve that “Mystery!”  And, the set closes with a brooding, B-minor, third-position harp song that explains the lot of many a blues man, “Easy Come, Easy Go.”

We had two favorites, too.  “Ghost Dance” begs us to “dance to the life you still have left,” and is set over a rhumba-meets John Lee Hooker boogie, with Jon working that stop-time beat to perfection.  And, a funky, Excello-fied romp sets up an adolescent young boy’s worst nightmares come to life–“I was there, you were there, we were all there—School.”

Jon Gindick’s harp skills and original material shows why he is such an in-demand instructor.  With a dazzling debut such as “When We Die, We All Come Back As Music,” every fan can see what his students already know!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

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