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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Jongleur artist: Jim Koeppel - RSVP To Paradise - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, RSVP to Paradise by Jim Koeppel. Opening with Johnny's In The Dog House, an easy going shuffle track, Jim Koeppel leads on guitar and vocal. Backed by Tennyson Stephens on piano, Welton Gile on bass, James Gadson on drums, Ron Haynes on trumpet, Rajiv Halim on tenor sax, Norman Palus on trombone, and featuring some real nice harp by Billy Branch, this track is a cool opener. On easy blues number, Hurry Sundown, Koeppel lays down some of his best vocal and guitar riffs along with Stephens on piano over a nice horn set. On title track, RSVP To Paradise, Gile sets a nice table with a romping bass line. Koeppel gets aggressive on guitar with some stinging guitar riffs over Gile's solid bass line and Daddy G Bargetenn slips in a real nice sax solo of his own. Another easy shuffle track, Every Night Without Warning features a real nice piano solo by Stephens as well as some nice trumpet adds by Haynes. Wrapping the release is Let Me Tell You, a fast shuffle with a driving bass line by Gile. Light fingered guitar riffs by Koeppel, a nice harp solo by Branch and a solid blues bottom make this my favorite track on the release.

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