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Showing posts with label Jeff Turmes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jeff Turmes. Show all posts

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Rip Cat Records artist - Mike Eldred Trio - 61/49

I've been told that 2013 is gonna be a great year. If the quality of music coming across my desk this year is a sign... we're in for a windfall. I am reviewing the just released Mike Eldred Trio release, 61/49 on Rip Cat Records and it's a blast! Opening with Eldred original, Don't Go Down There, an acapella spiritual number this recording is off to a terrific start. Eldred shows that he has the voice to carry off this type of track and is backed by the Emmanuel Church Gospel Choir. This track is authentic, real.... terrific! Every track on this release is an Eldred original and next up is Jake's Boogie. This is a fast paced Texas style guitar boogie (instrumental) and it's a 1st class ripper! Louise has got a bit of lope to it and Eldred belts out this rockabilly flavored blues track and plays smokin' blues riffs along with Kid Ramos keeping the track hot end to end. She's A Rocket takes a real dip into the R&R featuring Ike Turner on piano and keeps you boppin with Jeff Turmes on Bari sax honking out great bottom. This is a trio and Eldred is back on each tune by John Bazz (bass) and Jerry Angel (drums). Ruby's Blues is a soft sultry track giving Eldred a great opportunity to show his slow blues guitar chops and that he does. You like slow blues... you'll love this track. This Old Train is a easy going pop track reminicent of early Ricky nelson accompanied by Cesar Rosas on nylon string acoustic guitar. This is a track destined for airplay. Jimmy, Jimmy is a great rocker with hot piano by Ike Turner pushing the rhythm. Eldred really gets the recording charged with this number and his vocals and guitar work are great! Ms. Gayles Chicken House ... just the name conjures up an image and the instrumental light jazz boogie meets the bill. One of the best tracks on the release, this has a great groove and also features Scotty Moore on second guitar. Don't take my word for it. This is cool. I Ain't Comin' Back has a great bottom and uses construction techniques similar to the early Brit blues players playing real blues in the 60's. Eldred plays really hot riffs on this track and his tone is spot on. Lookie Here is a step right out of the early rock blues transformation and Eldred and the gang have the sound down to precision. Again Eldred's vocals are well placed in the track and his guitar work is straight forward and really clean. Swingin! 61/49 is the last track on the release and done acoustically on a resonator...closing the release as it opened... on a primitive earthy real note. This is a great release and one that is certainly a candidate for Bman's Best of 2013 list.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Jeff Turmes


Just in terms of sheer quantity — number of instruments played, miles logged, artists backed up, shows and sessions performed, and songs composed — Jeff Turmes is remarkable. And then there’s the quality of what he does — the sound, the style, the personality that informs his music.

All this is evidence in his latest release, Five Horses, Four Riders. There’s a lot of open space on this record, songs that inhabit a world of dream images, dread, weariness and desire. We hear guitars, banjos, low horns wheezing in some distance, cymbal crashes, half a string quartet. Lover’s pleas, laments, songs thrown like shadows.

Jeff grew up in Southern California. Taught himself to play bass and took off from there. Curiosity and a restless mind compelled him to take up saxophone in his early twenties. Got picked up hitchhiking by a Volkswagen driver blasting A Love Supreme, and everything changed. Discovered eventually that jazz wasn’t his language. He was writing songs, playing bass and guitar, touring with blues bands — James Harman, Gary Primich, both of whom ended up covering his songs.

Toured with vocalist and partner Janiva Magness, who has recorded a number of his compositions, while maintaining a career as a session musician on electric and acoustic bass, saxophones, guitars, bass clarinet, banjo, and keyboards.

Since early 2007 Jeff has toured as bassist and slide guitarist with the incomparable Mavis Staples. In 2010, Anti released “You Are Not Alone”, on which Mavius was backed up by her trio: Jeff on bass (and second guitar), Rick Holmstrom on guitar, and Stephen Hodges on drums. The record was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and was recorded in Chicago, at Wilco’s loft studio. “You Are Not Alone” won a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Americana album.
In 2008 Mavis released a live CD, Hope At The Hideout,recorded in a small club in Chicago, backed by Jeff, Rick Holmstrom and Stephen Hodges, and three background vocalists. This record was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

Jeff has worked as a sideman with an impressive array of artists: Tom Waits (on the Tonight Show), Kim Wilson and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Ronny Earl,
Billy Boy Arnold, Robert Gordon, Duke Robillard, James Cotton, Jody Williams, Canned Heat, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor, James Gadson, Mike Finnigan –
some of the aristocracy of blues and roots music. He has had the good fortune to record with artists as significant and diverse as Richard Thompson, R.L. Burnside, Gatemouth Brown and Peter Case, and has worked with renowned producers Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf.

In 2006 he won First Place in the Blues category in the International Songwriting Competition for the song “Eat The Lunch You Brought”.

His own solo recordings, Every Day’s My Lucky Day and The Distance You Can Travel, as well as his 1996 collaboration with Janiva Magness, It Takes One To Know One, bespeak his versatility as writer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, producer, and engineer, as well as his steady maturation as a vocalist. These records feature dirt road shuffles, torch songs, and R&B-styled horn parties, soaked in irony and the fatalistic humor of the blues. Five Horses, Four Riders, his latest collection of stories, is less ironic, more contemplative, but no less intense. The music he’s made on his own, together with the body of work he’s created with others, calls up one adjective to describe the musicianship of Jeff Turmes: inspired.
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