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Monday, September 19, 2011

Overclocked - Jim Allchin - New Release review

Just received the new release by Jim Allchin called "Overclocked". While I am listening to this cd I go to Jim's site to check out who he is.... this guy is unbelievable. I mean you need to go to his home page!

Here are a couple of excerpts:
"Jim grew up in a one-room house on a dirt farm in the Deep South. After living the life of a starving musician, he left to earn Masters/Doctorate degrees from Stanford University and Georgia Institute of Technology. He went on to become a world recognized leader in Computer Science and software. Today he codes for fun and he plays guitar for love."

"I grew up in the deep south. I learned to play by listening to old blues players and latin players or even new ones at the time (e.g., Allman Brothers, Santana). I travelled the south playing in bands and writing music — mostly blues rock. I met some amazing musicians. I played 16+ hours a day. And I learned a hard lesson in the music business: being good matters, but there are lots of great musicians — luck matters too."

"My biggest accomplishment at Microsoft was creating and growing the Server business which today is Microsoft’s fastest growing business and their third largest business. I left Microsoft in 2007."

Now back to the business at hand. This is a great recording. I can't wait to turn my pals on to it. I'm not a big vocals guy so when I hear someone who's vocals are really out front I always hope to hear some grit. If I were to knock anything on this recording, it would be that the vocals are too smooth. But there is plenty of guitar to go around. Jim has developed great chops and plays it well. The band is tight and ranges from grimy blues to chord infused jazz like tunes. Overall I really like this recording!

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