Reviews roundup – The Jimmys ~ Pat Reilly ~ And Silence Remains ~ Peppino D’Agostino ~ Tom Gilberts
Gotta Have It
All you gotta do is move
Every time you feel that groove
Ain’t nothing’ but a party
Ain’t nothing’ but a houseparty
C’mon baby, dig that crazy soul
I know you’re gonna lost control
You can do boogaloo
Anything that you want to
Actually, scratch that. There are no housepartys for the forseeable future. But if, unlike me, you have family and friends and are planning on having the mother of all shindigs and hootenannys once the mutant monkey plague is conquered, then this should be your soundtrack.
The terribly named Jimmys were formed by Jimmy (natch) Voegeli in 2008 although there is a distinct lack of additional Jimmys in the band. Regardless when Mr Voegeli isn’t milking his cows (not a euphemism) he and his band are playing some of the most ridiculously catchy rhythm and blues you are likely to encounter. It’s an absolute joy. And I don’t use that word lightly.
It’s their third studio album and sees the seven piece band playing up a funky fried treat. It’s music to dance to, it’s music to party to, it’s music to drink to. There is even a song called ‘Drinkin’. The horn section and backing vocals lift the music even higher and the guests (who include Marcia Ball) all add to the delight
It’s largely original material with just a couple of outside tunes and, to my ears, is reminiscent of the fantastic album Elvin Bishop was putting out in the seventies. And in my world that’s just about as good as it gets. Buy this now and gird yerself for a mighty fine celebration.
Path To Transcendence
Pat Reilly doesn’t like to be called a shredder. Fair enough. I don’t like to be called a fat, hairy Scotch drunkard.
You might know his name from playing guitar with US/Chinese/Mongolian metal band Tengger Cavalry who, one presumes, are no more after the sad death of vocalist Nature Ganganbaigallast year.
Mr Reilly reckons that Nature G inspired the writing of this record and, to be fair, it is much more than aimless noodling and see how fast I can finger. Of course he can do that but the music has a structure and melody to it, even when things get intricate. And they do.
It’s mainly instrumental with a couple of the songs featuring vocals from Anthony “Q” Quiles and Michael Centrone and definitely falls on the heavy end of the spectrum. There are riffs galore,moments of melancholy and, of course, the best album cover you’re likely to see this side of Frank Frazetta. Yes, it’s one for the Satrianai / Friedman fans but there’s plenty here for metalheads as well.
AND SILENCE REMAINS
…And Silence Remains
Timo Wimmer doesn’t like the music industry. In fact after his band Sole Survivor split he spent a decade away from music. But he’s back now.
And I don’t know if he’s not a fan of musicians either because the credits here read Timo Wimmer: vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass, drums, keys. Yup, that’s it. However, he is a fan of early nineties power metal if this record is anything to go by. Which is fine by me.
So if Helloween, Blind Guardian and Running Wild floated your boat back in the day then you’re going to like this. Heck, he had me as soon as I saw the opening track was called ‘Götterdämmerung. And that was before I played it as you can’t go wrong with Wagnerian overtones. Luckily the music lived up to the billing.
Now i’m not going to pretend that this is a game changer. It’s not. But it is very good power metal and very good power metal is a very good thing. He knows to chuck in some relief hither and thither so there are a couple of powerish ballads in amongst the maelstrom. The vocals are a wee bit one dimensional but the variety of riffs and guitar tones mean you never lose interest. Here’s hoping he doesn’t pack it in all over again.
Blimey. I remember now why I packed in trying to learn to play the guitar all those years go. Well apart from having no talent. Or feeling in my fingertips.
Because guitar picker Peppino D’Agostino is just too gosh darned good. It’s probably just as well he hasn’t sold millions of records because that would have resulted in millions of guitarists packing it in. Actually. Might not be a bad idea.
Six years on from the release of “Penumbra” which I suppose was catchier than semioscuridad he’s back with another album of ridiculous mad skillz. Across ten tracks he does things to an acoustic guitar that are probably illegal in several southern states. He can flit from classical to flamenco and all points inbetween with a flick of his fingers but wherever he goes it’s quite remarkable. But it’s not all delicate finger picking as he actually rocks out in a couple of places. Places which see onetime Y&T / Alice Cooper guitarist Stef Burns popping in for a play. Now that was unexpected. Although I’ve just been poked in the side and reminded they did a duets album fifteen years ago. I’m old. I’m allowed to forget stuff.
My favourite was probably the Ennio Morricone inspired ‘High Plains Guitarra’ which really would have made a great soundtrack to a Lee Van Cleef spaghetti Western. And then there’s the mad, fusion sounds of ‘Head Case’ which couldn’t be more appropriately titled. But really, wherever the needle goes in the groove you’re going to hear something you’ve never heard before. Highly recommended.
Now here’s a fella who doesn’t know whether he wants to play jazz or the blues.
Luckily he’s damn good at both.
It’s a second album from Tom Gilberts and along with Brian Foxworth on drums and Dave Captein on bass he runs through an excellent set of material which although mainly blues and jazz throws in a few nods to other areas of roots music along the way. He’s a superlative guitarist who seems capable of mastering every genre. He even throws in a few late sixties / early seventies power trio vibes that add a burnish to some of the material.
He mixes up vocal tracks with instrumentals with the jazzy ‘Zoot Suit Shuffle’, funky ‘The North Fork’ and the more mainstream title track early favourites round my way. It sounds great, the musicians are straight out of the top drawer and if you’re looking for something that dances around the edges then this is well worth a listen.
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