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Showing posts with label Jon Zeeman. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jon Zeeman. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Membrane Records artist: Jon Zeeman - Blue Room - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Blue Room, from Jon Zeeman and it's got heft. Opening with rolling boogie, All I Want Is You, Jon Zeeman hits the ground running with a great walking bass line from Phil Macarthur and tight drum lines from Mr. Butch Trucks. Nice riding organ work by Tom Regis really shines it up and Zeeman's own guitar riffs make for an excellent opener. On Robert Johnson's. Love In Vain, Zeeman follows The Stones arrangement fairly closely which is really nice. Electric piano soloing by Taylor is lush and Zeeman's own guitar work smooth and inspired. George Lilly adds the drums on this one and Zeeman's vocals are top notch. On shuffle track, Next To You, Butch Trucks again lends his impeccable timing and Zeeman lays out some really tasty guitar riffs. Jimi Hendrix's Still Rainin', Still Dreamin' has a smoking James Brown bottom and Zeeman really scorches the fretboard with hot riffs on this one. If I Could Make You Love Me, is a real nice slower blues number. With Taylor adding tension on organ and beautiful accents on piano, Zeeman shines on lead vocal and guitar. All Alone has a subtle Latin influence which really gives it a nice edge. Vocals are smooth and piano and guitar work clean making this the most likely radio track on the release. Very nice. Talking 'Bout My Baby is nice and funky with a cool bass riff and solo. The band is tight and cohesive making this a fun track. Title track, Blue Room, is classical in nature played solely on electric guitar. Short and sweet. Very nice! Wrapping the release is funky rocker, Nothing In The World. Zeeman takes the opportunity to blaze right down the center of the track with a crisp guitar solo but this track is really about the feel and it's a great closer to a real cool release.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Membrane Records artist: Jon Zeeman - Down On My Luck - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Down On My Luck, from Jon Zeeman and it's quite entertaining. Opening with a loping shuffle, You're Right, I'm Wrong, Zeeman shows a good command of the guitar and shore handed riffs. Rich guitar tones sounding like a strat through a Super drive the track. With a band made up of Phil McArther on bass, George Lilly on drums and Tom Regis a d Bob Taylor on keys, these guys are tight. Down On My Luck is a strong, slow blues ballad with complex jazz construction. A really nice melody gives Zeeman a nice platform for his vocal and warm organ backing gives him adequate space for interesting guitar riffs. Hangman's Bridge has a distinct Jimi Hendrix Foxy Lady rhythm and a Don Nix like melody sounding a bit like Mahogany Rush. Really strong blues rock track. I Love Everybody again has a Hendrix influence but in this case over Muddy Waters. A really cool twist. I Love Everybody continues in the contemporary Muddy Waters/Johnny Winter style. This is a real seductive style with Zeeman adding his own flare and not copying the earlier but having a similar style with a little Hendrix mixed. Again, really cool! Waitin For The Storm is another slower blues number with a cool guitar intro. Zeeman has a real nice hand for crafting an interesting guitar solo around a basic melody. I Got News is a more uptempo funky kind of blues track. Lilly adds nicely to the crispness of this track and Zeeman's Texas Style soloing on this track is fluid. Money is a jazzy rock style track which could easily gather airspace with a cool hook. A slick electric piano solo on this track is also quite cool. Can't You Hear Me has a distinct walking bass line and smart guitar riffs creating a cool drive. Several grinding guitar riffs on this track set it apart from the rest. So Bad has a nice lope to is and with a nice key change mid way through the track and than back again give it texture. Better Off Dead opens with a cool guitar riff but then breaks into a smooth rock track that could easily see airplay. It had a solid melody and sweet guitar riffs. Zeeman has put together a nice set here and one that you should give a listen.

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