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Showing posts with label Jim Diamond Review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jim Diamond Review. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Jim Diamond review - Friends & Family - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review to most recent release, Friends a & Family, from Jim Diamond Review and it's a swinging party. Opening with I'm Cryin', Jim Diamond Boyington leads the way on lead vocal and some stellar guitar riffs. I love the bari work of Ryan Stiles and John Reese Pleasant's organ really works nicely, backed by Beth Deminski-Boyington on drums, Chris Herndon on rhythm guitar, Mark Wagner on bass and Joe DiGiuseppe on tenor. Great opener. Tight Mini Skirt is a cool jump track featuring Hank Mowery showing real nice harmonica solo throughout. Sometime In June is a cool instrumental which almost seems to want to break into a Latin rocker but maintains a southern R&B flavor with Stiles again ripping a solid bari solo and cool organ work from Pleasant. Jim's guitar solo is nicely phrased and extended. Very nice. Funky, I'm Walkin', has a great bass line by Wagner, with Nick Mowery screaming a strong guitar solo and DiGiuseppe adding a cool tenor solo. One of my favorite tracks on the release is straight up blues number, Hi-Dee-Hey, Hi-Dee-Ho with a great lope and killer slide by Joe Litteral and Mowery on lead vocal and harp. Very cool. Wrapping the release is easy paced 15 Below with dark sax work by Ray Warfield. Pleasant gets a chance to shine on this one with a solid organ solo and Jim's guitar work is exciting with quick burst riffs closing the track. 

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