Jon Gindick review…May 26, 2019….

JON GINDICK

LOVE AT THE ALL NIGHT CAFE

I WAS BORN TO WAIL–FEELING HER GONE–BABY’S GOT THE BLUES–THE ALL NIGHT CAFE–LOAD ME UP BABY–MISSISSIPPI MOODS–HAPPY WIFE, HAPPY LIFE, HAPPY HOME–THE SONG I COULDN’T WRITE–I LOVE THE FEMININE GIRL–HAND HOLDING MAN–CAN’T GET THAT GIRL OFF MY MIND–IN THE LAND OF YOU

Jon Gindick is a master harp player, UC-Berkeley grad (1970), and a composer extraordinaire.  He grew up a Beatles and Stones fan, as did many of us, but was drawn to the harp after hearing Larry Adler’s version of ‘Rhapsody In Blue.”  For his second release, he has teamed up with producer-bassist-keyboard-and anything else with strings-man Ralph Carter drummer Pete Gallagher, and guitar man Franck “Paris Slim” Goldwasser for “Love At The All Night Cafe,” twelve tasty blues morsels full of his unique, harp-fired looks at life, love, and everything in between.

Kicking things off, Jon proclaims, “I Was Born To Wail,” and name-checks Walter, Sonny Boy, and many more of his harp heroes.  The title cut served as one of our favorites.  Set over a sweet samba groove, Jon’s harp sets the backdrop for the place where lonely lovers can always find 24-hour service, “The All Night Cafe.”  A song that oughta be required listening for all men 18-and-over, “,even tho “it might cost you some dough,” it’ll be worth it in the long run, is “Happy Wife, Happy Life, Happy Home!”

Our other favorite finds Jon in a good ole Excello groove, as he extols the virtues of his lover, from her swingin’ hips, her hourglass figure, and “high class bad ass, and I’m her crazy fool,” “I Love The Feminine Girl.”

As we walk down the celestial fields of life, it’s always a good thing when you’ve an excellent storyteller with a little Delbert in his soul to get you thru both the good and not-so-good times.  Jon Gindick is such an artist.  A brilliant harpoon man, he’s made an instructional video on teaching the harp with B. B. King,  You can get yo’ fill of good blues as well as “Love At The All Night Cafe.”   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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