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Friday, October 2, 2015

Delmark Records artist: Jimmy Burns - it ain't right - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, it ain't right, from Jimmy Burns and it grooves! Opening with Big Money Problem, it's got Morganfield bounce and featuring Ariyo Ariyoshi on keys, Anthony Palmer on guitar, EG McDaniel on bass and Bryant T Parker on drums, Jimmy Burns is super on vocal and guitar for a tight opener. Burns really gets into his space on R&B vocal track, Will I Ever Find Somebody?. His vocals are warm and inviting with nice key work from Ariyo and joined by Roosevely Purifoy on organ, Chris Neal on tenor sax and Aaron Getsug on bari, this track has a great sound. Otis Rush's Snaggletooth Mule has a nice funky blues feel (Thrill Is Gone) and Burns shows great vocal prowess as he lays out some really nice guitar work over Purifoy and Ariyo on keys. Percy Mayfield's Long As You're Mine gets a full horn backing and a sixties Ray Charles R&B feel. Burns plays some pretty flashy guitar riffs and Ariyo hits the keys as well. Nice! Slinky 12 bar number, Hard Hearted Woman, has a super groove with a nice walking bass line from EG and rolling piano from Ariyo. Burns takes this shuffle for a nice walk on his guitar making it one of my favorites on the release. Another Percy Mayfield track, My Heart Is Hangin' Heavy lumbers with a funky bottom. It has a serious Albert King feel and Burns vocals are super. Burns stretches a bit on his guitar laying down a cool solo that works nicely with the groove. Crazy Crazy Crazy has a definite swing vibe featuring Getsug on honking bari sax. The vocal blending really work nicely in the delivery of an authentic period piece and Ariyo and Burns each lay in some really nice riffs. Jimmy Reed track, A String To Your Heart slows down the tempo and Burns is on harp. This is a real nice 12 bar number and Burns vocals have a bit more texture. Ariyo really shines on piano against what is otherwise a stripped down track. Boogie woogie track, Rock Awhile is really super with Gatemouth like guitar riffs. Burns really gets this band rolling and his vocals, coupled with Ariyo make for a fine track. Ben E King's Stand By Me gets a little Latin twist but retains it's soulful feel. A nice vocal track with clean guitar and keyboard adornment, this is a cool one. Surrounded has a showy R&B (almost Louis Jordan)feel with a chiding horn vamp. Parker's drum snap keeps things tight and Getsug and especially Marques Carroll on trumpet really punch up the track. Super blues, I Know You Hear Me Calling really grabs it by the short hairs and gives it a shake. Burn's vocals are rugged and soulful and Ariyo plays remarkable piano riffs. Burns steps up laying down some of his hottest blues riffs on the release cushioned by Purifoy on organ and Caroll, Neal and Getsug on horns. Excellent! Little Walter's It Ain't Right has that classic jump. Burns and Ariyo trade riffs throughout delivering on almost a gospel revival pace. Messin' With The Kid gets a real nice funky workover. This is one of my favorite tracks with it's heavy handed bottom, solid vocals and gripping guitar soloing. Excellent! The release is wrapped by Wade In The Water with all of the gospel that you'd ever anticipate in a modern blues influenced track. This is a super track to wrap the release featuring nice vocal harmonies and clean keyboard direction.

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