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Saturday, June 4, 2016

JCP Records artist: Jeff Chaz - Sounds Like The Blues To Me - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Sounds Like The Blues To Me, from Jeff Chaz and it's got an interesting sound. Opening with title track, Sounds Like The Blues To Me, Chaz creates an bluesy, boogaloo feel with his free wheelin guitar style, Doug Therrien on bass, Doug Belote on drums and John Autin on keys. Wild! Make Love To You In The Sand has a bikini beach sound with rhythmic muffled guitar strums, BB King riffs, and dramatic singing style. A cool track with horn backing by AJ Pittman on trumpet and Ward Smith on sax. Hitchhiking In The Rain, shows a smooth blend of BB King and T-Bone Walker styling with very nice piano work by Autin. Chaz really hits it vocally on this one and his guitar work is tasty as well. R&B track, I Am The Blues has a Mustang Sally chug a lug and BB King flavored blues riffs with cool horn backing. Nice! You Look So Good To Me sounds like it's right out of the Louis Jordan songbook. A rockin' blues with smokin' riffs. Nice! Soul track, Mysterious, Exotic Lady has a definite radio styling with a cool rhythm and jazzy guitar riffs. I'm Goin' After Moby Dick In A Rowboat has a heavy bottom with outrageous guitar riffs and wild vocals. Very different... and cool... think Sam the Shamm. Another R&B style track, Four In The Morning, has a mix of Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Wilson Pickett. Never letting down the fence, Chaz is a big time showman with a big personality and cool guitar riffs. Soul track, Will You Be Mine is the best show of Chaz's serious side with solid vocals and a tight rhythm section. Walkin' With My Baby is a cool shuffle with a great beat. Tight little guitar riffs carry the track and pinched harmonic laden guitar soloing gives the track extra punch. The Mt. Vernon Blues is a cool instrumental with a blues rock flare. Machine gun guitar riffs and nice bass and drum solos by Therrien and Doug Belote tie this one up. Wrapping the release is You're Bound to Get Us Both Hung a log, slow blues number giving Chaz an opportunity to take his guitar for a long walk. His riffs are unconventional and expressive making this track a perfect closer for a different take on the blues.

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