Jeff Chaz review…October 14, 2019….

JEFF CHAZ

NO PAINT

TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME–THE STARS ARE OUT–WE AIN’T SHACKIN NO MORE–YOU GOTTA SHOW ME–LOWDOWN DIRTY BLUES–LIFE IS LIKE COFFEE–BLUES BUFFET–LITTLE SIPS–SHE’S THE SWEETEST THING–DEET, DEET, DEET

Jeff Chaz is a veteran of the vibrant New Orleans blues scene.  A dazzling guitarist, singer, and composer, his first album in three years, “No Paint,” showcases nine originals and one sweet cover that are full of Jeff’s looks at life, love, and everything in between, all tempered with his wry, witty, sense of humor and red-hot guitar licks.

Jeff is on guitar and vocals, and the power trio is rounded out by Augie Joachim on bass, and Rick Jones on drums.  They open the show with the lone cover, one of our favorite songs of all time.  It is a spirited cover of Tyrone Davis’ soul classic, “Turn Back The Hands Of Time,” featuring Jeff on a unique, echo-washed guitar.  That sense of humor shows itself in the funky strut of a man intent on doin’ the right thing, “We Ain’t Shackin No More, I’m gonna make you mine!”  A minor-key, uptempo shuffle recounts the tale of a lover who’s not all she’s cracked up to be, prompting our hero to compare her to “Life Is Like Coffee–it never tastes as good as it smells!!”  Another no-good lover serves up “fights,” “I don’t love you no more’s,” and “you don’t take me out as much as you used to,”  hot and straight off of the “Blues Buffet!”  Jeff gets into a swingin’ Albert King groove on guitar with “you only give me Little Sips of your love–when you gonna fix me a drink?”

One can ascertain after listening,  Jeff Chaz and his deft sense of humor and clever knack for a lyric are on full display on “No Paint.”  Toss in excellent musicianship, and this Crescent City bluesman is indeed hitting his stride!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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