Monday, April 24, 2006

CD Review: JW Jones Blues band

Kissing In 29 Days
Northern Blues

JW Jones is one of Canada's superhot blues axeslingers. His groove is jumpy and swinging with non-stop drive and power. From his vocal tone to the Lone Star heat, the shadow of the Fab T-birds looms large. 11 out of 14 of these smokers of juicy sauce slathered BBQ are works of their own design to which Jones' twangy axe and a slow cooked rhythm section are added for a truly tasty aural menu.

The brisket, ribs and chix are pulled out of the trusty cooker starting with titler "Kissing In 29 Days." The joints are really succulent with the flavors of Memphis' Stax and west coast. Jones' axe echoes with the influences of T-Bone, Gatemouth and Johnny 'Guitar' Watson, while the sax of guest and, ex-Ray Charles tenorist, Fathead Newman add some spice to the flavor. "All My Money" oozes the axe, the sax and Piazza knack, too.

The whole 40's and 50's thing with big voiced men shouting in front of a large numbers of supercharged horn blowers is reprised herewithin as the Wind Chill Factor Horns do it big. If anyone took a breath during the swooping speed of "Parasomnia", I couldn't hear it. Think Mingus meets Johnny Otis on Los Angeles' Central Ave back when!

KC blues oozes out of "Fly To You" like the juice from a Missouri fatback rib and "Way Too Late" is soft, smooth blue caramel weeping desserts of sorrow. "Pretty Little Sweet Thing" juices it up again with some fine Memphis power.

Nearing the end of this repast, "No Love" gives a kickback of guitar pepper that stings and sates with greasy sax creme brulee ladled over a chili brownie. From da funk of "Games" to a chilling good cover of 'The Genius' Ray Charles' "Hallelujah I Love Her So" featuring a Fathead solo, it is inside this box of takeout and adds up to quite a tasty meal.

BBQ, cool suds, sweet licks and hot pepper pain ecstasy-oooowwweeee.

On TGB planetary scale, this one ends sizzling up on saucy Venus.

This review submitted by Dr. Blues. Log on to his website at


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