Thanks Jimi / A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix
(Tomi TCD 010)
by Vasja Ivanovski
Review date: December 2001
1999 KBA Award Winner|
Achievement for Blues on the Internet
Presented by the Blues Foundation
You've probably heard some Jimi Hendrix Tribute projects before, some good and some bad, big in production but small in overall output. It's like usual business major companies do: get some of their well known artists and let them do a Jimi song each, wrap it up and sell as much copies as possible. They know Jimi's fans will go for anything that's something to do with the legendary guitarist. When such project is released by a small company run by dedicated fans and performed by some relatively unknown but great players, then you get a material well worth a listen. And when you realize that this stuff has been produced in Poland of all places and played by some of their best musicians, you take notice and listen. And what fine effort it is! Leszek Cichonski, one of the best European blues rock guitarists is the man behind this project and he does Jimi's music justice with inspired performance which really smokes! Ably backed with top Polish musicians featuring outstanding vocals of Anika, Leszek Cichonski introduces his US fellow guitarist Stan Skibby from Chicago who handles vocals, beside putting some hot playing throughout the CD. He is like Leszek, a fabulous player who treats Jimi's songs with respect of deeply rooted blues musician. CD features well known Hendrix material and a cover of J.J. Cale's Cocaine which Leszek and Stan turn into another Jimi's burning standard! Title track, Thanks Jimi is a Leszek's emotional, personal tribute to the man and his music and it shows his feeling and gratitude to the legend. Some live tracks present what this great bunch of players are capable of! Treat yourself to some excellent stuff and try to get a copy!
Contact Leszek: firstname.lastname@example.org
BLUES TOP AWARDS
The Best Polish Blues Album 2001- "Thanks Jimi" - a tribute to Jimi Hendrix
The Best Polish Blues Guitar Player 2001 - Leszek Cichonski
The Best Polish Blues Famale Singer 2001 - Anika
(according to "Twoj Blues/Your Blues" magazine).
GUITAR TOP AWARDS :
The Best Polish Rock Guitar Album - "Thanks Jimi" - a tribute to Jimi Hendrix
The Best Polish Rock Guitarplayer - Leszek Cichonski
(according to "Gitara i Bas" Magazine)
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