I took the time to do a quick review of
Jimmy's MP3 tracks. There's never less than a high standard of
workmanship, most of it the usual straight ahead blues - and nothing
wrong there folks!
For me the tracks to note and watch are where Jimmy's influences,
roots and playing click into a blend that takes the Blues beyond the
norms & conventions.
I can only describe this as relaxed with a Bayou "Swamp"
We kick off this one with a killer riff at 0:06 - I wanted to hear it again but
it didn't come up! (You really are a "Bad Boy" Jimmy) Also some really nice wah
echo guitar work at 1:20, 1:50 to note. Maybe the live version should set this
right - not enough of the guitar stuff!
Jimmy's vocals at 0:10 reminded me of Lucinda Williams a little in the delivery.
Fairly straight ahead lyrics but these act as a nice foil to
some sparky lead playing; if you like some crunchy cookies with your cream here
I don't know who the bass player is, from a pic on Jimmy's website I assume he's
also doubling on bass for this track. Overall there's a nice old Gibson EBO
sound here - think Jack Bruce of Cream tone. Some good bass riffs avoiding
cliches too. Builds nicely to the end.
It's Not Personal.
Picture a good
slice of Dr. John on vocals, Phil Manzanera on guitar, more than a touch of
funky reggae rhythm influence and we get.. this track.
Overall Jimmy's work shines best when he's minded to surprise you by taking the
blues a little further. Not just "two toes in the mud", but wading out into the