Friday, September 20, 2019

EllerSoul Records artist: Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind - My Chops Are Rolling! - New release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, My Chops Are Rolling! from Jason Ricci and The Bad Kind and it's really great! I really like Ricci's work and every time I get the chance to review one of his releases I remember why I do this. There is always something great coming around the bend! Opening with Break In The Rain, a drum heavy rocker with cool slide work and easy vocals Ricci is off to a super start his fluid harmonica styling...uniquely his. Backed by John Lisi on guitar and vocal, Andy Kurz on vocal and bass, John Perkins on drums and Kaitlin Dibble on vocal, the band is hot. On Don't Badger The Witness, Ricci's vocals are haunting and Lisi's guitar work outrageous. Excellent! F_ck The Falcons (Who Dat Nation) is presented in two forms on this release and this is the non edited version. I bit blunt maybe but in good spirit and in New Orleans style...this track is terrific! On Barbara Lynn's classic, If You Should Lose Me, Dibble is up front with terrific vocals and with rich guitar work and healthy harmonica by Ricci, this is the standout radio track. Very nice! Title track, My Chops Are Rolling is a cool, jam... James Brown, funky, boogaloo style. With a heavy bass line by Kurz and with a tight bottom courtesy of Perkins, Lisi and Ricci tear it up. Excellent! Funky foot stomper, Snow Flakes And Horses is hot and heavy with a George Clinton meets Frank Zappa feel... Wow!  Settling down into the blues, old style, Lisi lays down some gripping guitar lead on The Way I Hurt Myself. Ricci's vocals on this track scream pain and I am a believer. Nothing like feeling real blues in a contemporary world. His harp filler behind his vocal is perfect and Lisi's guitar support couldn't be better (think Big Brother's Ball and Chain). This is as perfect a setting I can think of for Ricci to reach inside and pull out the blues and he is reaching. Terrific! Closing the release is the edit version of Who Dat Nation and the rhythm is absolutely terrific. This is an excellent closer for one of best I've heard in a long time.

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