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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Jim Gustin & Truth Jones - Memphis - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Memphis, from Jim Gustin & Truth Jones and it's got texture. Opening with Half Past Ten, a cool, low slung blues rocker, Gustin has lead on vocals and guitar with clean backing vocals from partner, Truth Jones and Teresa James. Steve Alterman on piano lays out a nice solo backed by Terry Wilson on bass and Herman Matthews on drums. With a bit of New Orleans style funk, Live With Yourself, Jones has the lead on vocal and Gustin's slide work is warm and fat. Title track, Memphis, is a radio style track with a catchy melody and solid vocals by Gustin. A cool piano and organ interludes leads the way to a nicely styled guitar solo by Gustin. On You Know Me Too Well, another radio track, Jones delivers on vocals over a super solid bass line and rock solid drum. With a funky soul that made the Staples who they are, Gustin leads I Love What I Got, one of my favorite tracks on the release. A cool blend of vocals, funky drums, slide guitar and warm backing vocals is the perfect mix. Wrapping the release is solid soul track, Right Time For Good-bye, featuring the Jones and her best vocals on the release, trading lead with Gustin. Embraced by the warm organ tones of Alterman,  this is a super closer for Gustin's sophomore release.

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