brought to you by
Blues On Stage
"Keeping the Blues Alive Award" Achievement for Blues on the Internet|
Presented by The Blues Foundation
Passion For The Blues
(Blue Rock Records)
Review Date: Nov 2008
by Pete Feenstra
Given the number of journeymen blues guitarists out there, Dennis Jones comes as something of a pleasant surprise. Yes he is another hard working guitarist on the US blues club and Euro blues scene, but what distinguishes him from the rest is his rich voice, the fine range of riffs in his locker and his clever use of a wide a range of blues driven songs to display his mighty impressive range of tone colorations. Just as impressive is the band he has assembled with a rock solid rhythm section of Micheal Turner on drums, Kenny "Boudro" Gray on bass and additional excellent guests including harp playing Jimmy Zavala who doubles up on harp and sax.
In fact Jimmy initially makes his mark on the radio friendly 'Super Delux' a swinging sax led outing on which the band are tight as a drum and the sax is pure gold. Jimmy then switches to wailing harp as Dennis digs deep for some heavy blues riffing on the tough blues 'When I Die'.
But superb band member's aside, Dennis is the main man, showing a lovely turn of phrase on the title track on which he cleverly references a list of influential blues figures both dead and alive, as well as teasing out some trembling notes of the highest order. There's even an echo of Hendrix in his vocal phrasing on the fiery 'You're Wrong' and a tongue in cheek duo rap with former boss Zac Harmon on a neatly rearranged cover of 'I Just Want to Make Love to You'.
But as ever a guitarists credentials are best judged on a slow blues and Dennis impresses with both his smooth vocals and some dexterous note clusters on 'Something Good' on which he unveils more of his deep rich guitar tone.
Dennis saves the best for last on the stonking Freddy King influenced live instrumental 'Slam Jam' on which he explores the full range of his playing, building up a tough groove and weaving his way in and out with a series of slight of hand runs. A master of feel, groove, touch, tone and wah wah, Dennis Jones is a star waiting to burst on the scene. The fact that he's already out there playing and already on his second album is a cause for concern. Get out there, seek him out and listen to a sumptuous guitarist playing the blues!
Buy this CD NOW:
Your purchase through the Amazon.com links at the end of each review, or by simply clicking on this banner (below)
to order this or many other products from Amazon, helps to support this website as well as the featured blues artist.
"This review is copyright © by the writer and Blues On Stage: www.mnblues.com, all rights reserved. Copy, duplication or download prohibited without permission."
Copyright reuse notice: If you would like to reprint or use this review please include the above copyright notice, contained within the quotation marks, PLUS this statement: "Used with permission." Then send an email to Ray at: email@example.com indicating how you are using the review or the website page address it will be appearing on. Thanks!
Click on this banner to get you new low percent credit card:
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! You can help support this blues website by making a contribution (click on the banner below for details).
Or mail a donation to: Ray Stiles % Blues On Stage, PO Box 582983, Mpls, MN 55458. Thanks!
Web Hosting & Design:
CLICK HERE for Web Design SPECIAL, get your own website for just $75.
The most affordable web hosting and design services available. Click Here
to find out how you can host your current site at Blues On Stage, or how I can help you design your own website!
If you would like your CD reviewed, please send TWO (2) copies of your CD to:
Blues On Stage
PO Box 582983
Minneapolis, MN 55458-2983
E-mail Ray Stiles with any questions.