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Showing posts with label Hello Central. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hello Central. Show all posts

Monday, July 8, 2024

Green Bullet Records artist: The Jake Leg Jug Band - Hello Central - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Hello Central, from The Jake Leg Jug Band and it's a lot of fun. Opening with St. Louis Blues, JLJB sets a cool front with a cool rag featuring Duncan Wilcox on vocal and Bass, Liam Ward on vocal, harmonica, jug, washboard, kazoo and saw, and Warren James on vocal, guitar and banjo. Complimented by Alex Clarke on sax and clarinet, Andy Henderson on trumpet and Richard Leach on trombone, this is a lively opener. James rhythm on banjo and super horn work by Henderson and Leach give Someday You'll Be Sorry a laid back opening. I particularly like Ward's harmonica solo over James' banjo rhythm and the underlying horn interplay. Very cool. Bluegrass influenced, Ella Speed is a real hoot with a foot stompin rhythm by  Wilcox and James on guitar. Ward's kazoo skills are tight and the vocals work well. I particularly like Clarke's clarinet solo which really dresses the track. Very cool. Doctor Jazz has a great full horn swing featuring Leach on trombone, Henderson on trumpet and Clarke on sax with a meaty solo. James' banjo rhythm sets the pace and Wilcox on bass anchors it tight. Each of the horn players take a stroll on solo making this one of my favorites tracks on the release. Wrapping the release is a springy take on gospel track, Gloryland. With rich vocal harmonies, James on banjo, Wilcox on bass and Ward on harmonica, and a real dixie style horn fabric by Clarke, Henderson and Leach, this is a strong closer.

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