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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Brown Cow Productions artist: The Jimmys - Live From Transylvania - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Live from Transylvania, from The Jimmys and I really like it. Opening with Jacqui Juice, the Jimmys are smoking from the start. With this hot shuffle instrumental, the band members get a chance to blow out the pipes right up front starting with Perry Weber on guitar, followed by Charley Wagner on trumpet, Pete Ross on sax and Jimmy Voegeli on Hammond riding high on the backs of Mauro Magellan on drums and John Wartenweiler on bass. Excellent! Boogie track, I Wonder features Voegeli on lead vocal and the excellent work of Darren Sterud on trombone over an ultra tight band who play together like an oiled machine. Nice! Rocker, You Can't Hurt Me Anymore, has more of a driving beat with strong vocals and solid solos by Weber on guitar and Voegeli on piano. Hell Or Heaven has a much easier sound with stronger radio appeal like a Chicago balance and nicely blended vocals. Another shuffle track with a pop twist, Love Will Find A Way, has a cool piano boogie vein with super work from Wagner's trumpet and hot riffs from Weber on guitar. Cold Women has a real nice swing and Wagner, Ross and Sterud roll together nicely. Ross steps up with a really warm sax solo on this one nicely showcasing his talents and Weber's guitar lines are fluid and stinging. Very nice! Slowing way down, Lonesome Whistle Blues is a really inviting track along the lines of T-Bone Walker or Ronnie Earl. Weber plays a really sweet intro blending nicely into the mix with BB King like accents and a great throaty performance by Sterud on trombone followed by Wagner on trumpet and again Weber. Excellent! With a lot of swing the gang is back on You Say You Will. Breaking into full shuffle Weber takes a nice long stroll followed by Streud. Very nice! With a hot Latin rhythm, Lose That Woman really rides on the super drumming by Magellen. Great vocal blends, super piano work and hot sax and guitar solos give this track plenty of traction. Wrapping the release is "The Band's" Ophelia which is an absolutely terrific track. Using the Band's basic timing with moderate instrumental improvisation, this track really hums with a snappy solo by Magellen. A great New Orleans style closer for a fun release.

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