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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Blue Rock Records artist: Dennis Jones - Both Sides Of The Track - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Both Sides Of The Track, by Dennis Jones and it really is heavy! Opening with upbeat rocker, Enjoy The Ride, Jones, on lead vocal and guitar is joined by Dale Black on bass and Raymond Johnson on drums. Jimmy Z Zavala cuts loose with a ripping hot sax solo on this track leading up to Jones' guitar solo, giving it extra bite. Very cool opener! It All Depends has a very warm guitar sound and a lumbering swagger with solid bass work from Black. Jones' on guitar work has a really nice kick and his tone is round and pure. Very nice! Cranked back a few notches, Better Than Him, has an easy, jazzy feel with arpegiated guitar riffs and plucky bass lines. Nobody's Slave features Michael Turner on drums and Samuel Correa on bass. Their aggressive style seem to drive Jones to a different depth of rock. Blues screamer, Mr. Right, really sits in the groove with wide open roads for Jones to thrown super riff and another. Very cool! The Machine has a real modern Hendrix feel with "the sound". Black and Johnson have the feel perfect and Jones' vocals and guitar work are clean and classic. This doesn't sound like someone playing Jimi Hendrix. It sounds like something The Experience would have played. Excellent! Shuffle track, Number Two, is light and springy with cool, jazz rock guitar riffs and solid vocals. Skin and Bones has an almost "Watchtower" feel with a powerful bottom and a Spanish style guitar bridge. Very cool! When You're Not Around is a bluesy ballad with nice vocals, rich guitar work and warm B3 work from Teddy Zigzag. Sweet! What has a light acoustic feel with a nice blend of vocal, acoustic guitar and harp. Shines On You has a real cool feel with a lazy swing and real nice guitar work over a nicely worked bass line. Very cool! I Can't Stop breaks loose with a serious rock feel. With a light funky infusion, this track has a radio style melody and Johnson plays some of his hottest drum riffs. Jones really lights it up on guitar laying down some serious smoke! Wrapping the release is Lonely Joint, an easy going acoustic track on acoustic guitar with vocal. A clever little track and a little fun as a closer.

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