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MUSIC REVIEW: J W JONES – LIVE

| 20 September 2019 | Reply

MUSIC REVIEW: J W JONES – LIVE
Solid Blues Records, 2018
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
76%

JW Jones recorded this live album over two nights in Quebec and in a novel approach, it features nothing but covers which he’s never previously recorded. Think of it as a celebration of his influences – something special for his tenth record.

Jones is a smooth bluesman, but he packs a raunchy punch onstage, as shown as his band run through tracks – not all of them classics, some very welcome deeper cuts – from the likes of Robert Cray (A Memo (Nothin’ But Love) written by Hendrix/Cousins [no, not that Hendrix]), Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite I Don’t Believe A Word You Say), Bob Dylan (Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You), Howlin’ Wolf (Moanin’ At Midnight), B B King (Need You So Bad and Early Every Morning), Jimmie Rogers (That’s Alright) and more.

That Wolf track is a highlight, with a Jimi Hendrix-styled solo which is just on fire, while That’s Alright is all restraint and emotion and soulful licks. It’s wonderful stuff.

Jones’s band are on fire throughout, knowing exactly where to give their boss room to shine. Bassist Laura Greenberg and drummer Will Laurin make a formidable rhythm section, while Don Cummings’ Hammond organ is a ray of sunshine throughout, especially on Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You.

The album closes with I Might Not Come Home At All, featuring a guitar solo medley that touches briefly on The Ventures, Surfaris, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, the James Bond theme, Johnny Rivers, Led Zeppelin, Heart, the Hawaii Five-Oh, Batman and Spiderman themes, The Shadows, The Chantays, Roy Orbison, Dick Dale and Chuck Berry. That’s worth the price of admission in itself.

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