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Monday, March 9, 2020

The Jimmys - Gotta Have It - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Gotta Have It, from The Jimmys and it's a cool blues and boogie collection. Opening with Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet, Jimmy Voegeli leads the way on piano and lead vocal with a great feel with Melodye Perry in harmony and with Perry Weber on guitar, Peterson Ross on sax, John Wartenweiler on bass, Kevan Feyzi on trombone, Mike Boman on trumpet, Kyle Samuelson on trombone, Al Falaschi on bari sax, Kurt Shipe on trumpet and Tony Braunagel on drums. Solid opener. Title track, She Gotta Have It, has super swing with lead vocals by Voegeli and backing by Perry and Marcia Ball. With a firm walking bass line and Weber's no frills guitar lead, Voegeli's piano work shines through. Cool boogie woogie track, Hotel Stebbins, is thick with a big horn section. Real nice. Drinkin' has a real nice slow feel with Voegeli singing over terrific piano lead. The horn section is full and tight and Webber's guitar punctuation is sweet. With it's Latin beat, Always A Woman, is punched up nice with Braunagel and Ingram on percussion. With the added vocals of Weber and Voegeli pulling out the B3 and nice sax work by Ross, this may be my favorite track on the release. Slow blues, Someday Baby, gives Weber a nice chance to stretch out a bit on guitar with solid lead vocals by Voegeli and with punchy brass adding punctuation and an excellent sax solo by Ross. Very cool. Wrapping the release is B3 soaked, Jose, with it's R&B sound. A soulful sax solo by Ross, cool percussion by Ingram and brassy melody is really a cool closer for this solid release. 

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