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Monday, May 18, 2020

Jim Gustin & Truth Jones - Lessons Learned - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Lessons Learned, from Jim Gustin & Truth Jones and it's a solid blues rocker. Opening with I'd Been Drinking, a romping party track with a boogie rhythm, Gustin and Jones share the mic and horns blazing behind them. Gustin does a nice job on guitar with Steve Alterman on piano, Scott Duncan on bass, Chuck Strong on drums and Lawrence Tamez on sax with Jim Scimonelli on sax and Lee Thornburg on trumpet. Cool opener. Duncan sets the pace on bass on The Truth and Gustin's gravelly voice is perfect for this one. Again, Gustin steps up with a nice guitar solo over the power organ work of Alterman. One of my favorites on the release is I Hate To See You Go with another great bass drone, anchor snare drum and clever double entendre vocals. Ripping guitar and sax solos dress this track out nicely giving it a turbo boost. Very cool. A crisp rocker, Rockslide, showcases Gustin's vocal with just the right amount of cow bell, nice vocal blending with Jones, and that power horn section pushing. Very cool. Bluesy ballad, My Love Is True, showcases Tamez's lush sax work and puts Jones in her most prominent vocal spot on the release. Wrapping the release is radio style rock track, Three Things, with a solid duet with Jones and Gustin and structures keyboard backing by Alterman. Cool closer for a cool release. 

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