Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind review…June 12, 2017…

JASON RICCI AND THE BAD KIND

APPROVED BY SNAKES

ELLERSOUL RECORDS   ELL 1706

MY TRUE LOVE IS A DOPE WHORE–SOMETHING JUST ARRIVED–DEMON LOVER–MY MOM’S GONNA YELL AT YOU–BROKEN TOY/FINK U FREAKY–LISTEN HERE–TERRORS OF NIGHTLIFE–GOT CLEANED UP–I’M TOO STRONG FOR YOU–DISCONNECT–515

Old-timers in this town might recall back in the Nineties when Jason Ricci blew the harp with Big Al (Lauro) And The Heavyweights.  Jason’s musicianship has just gotten better over time, and his latest album, for EllerSoul Records,  is entitled “Approved By Snakes.”  Joining Jason is one of the most impressive lineups one could assemble.  John Lisi is on lead guitar, with Sam Hotchkiss on rhythm, Andy Kurz on bass, and Adam “A-Bomb” Baumol pounding the skins relentlessly.

This varied set has a lot of blues that will please a wide scope  of fans.  Leading off  is the band original, “My True Love Is A Dope Whore,” recounting the pimps, ho’s and a dealer named “Old School, but his real name was Seymour,” and many other unsavory characters hangin’ out at “the corner of Castiglione and Gentilly.”  “Something Just Arrived fairly bristles with strong New Orleans funk, while Jason lets his harp do some wailin’ as the band has a lot of fun with an extended jam on Eddie Harris’ “Listen Here.”

Jason turns in a fine performance dedicated to all the square pegs in a world full of round holes with the biting, slow-burn of “Broken Toy/Fink U Freaky.”  John Lisi’s original, “Disconnect,” gives out some sage advice we oughta all heed, before giving way to an extended jam, with Jason’s harp exploring the outer fringes of harmonica pyrotechnics.

We had two favorites, too, both from the pen of John Lisi.  Even tho our hero in “Got Cleaned Up” tries to right the ship, seems like everything heads south anyways.  This one rides over a sweet reggae-fied groove, too.  And, you know it’s gonna happen–it’s inevitable–“My Mom’s Gonna Yell At You when you get to Heaven,” because there’s nothing quite like a “Jersey mama” when it comes to her son!

Jason Ricci will tell you straight up that “Approved By Snakes” is one helluva hot mess of an album.  But, just sit back and let these most excellent grooves take you on a cool, celestial musical journey!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

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