JW-Jones - Reviews


"JW-Jones, "My Kind of Evil" on NorthernBlues is another new killer album. Produced by multi-Grammy nominee Kim Wilson, the CD features JW and his incredible guitar licks, guest vocalist Colin James, Kim Wilson playing harmonica and singing two tracks, a new horn section, and piano as well. It features seven JW-Jones originals, four covers, and three songs co-written by JW-Jones and Kim Wilson. The CD swings, hits hard, jumps, and showcases a variety of blues and R&B styles. If you like the Kim Wilson sound you will love this disc for sure. According to the NorthernBlues website there's nothing better in the world when a bandleader and a producer collaborate on a shared vision. And that's what happened with "My Kind of Evil."

-David Fisk
Back Beat
Oklahoma Blues Society
May-June 2004 


"On the opposite end of the spectrum, Canadian guitarist JW-Jones excels at the kind of post-Stevie Ray Vaughn blues guitar pyrotechnics that have come to personify modern blues. If Otis Taylor makes blues as cultural communication, Jones brand of blues is entertainment and diversion. This is not a criticism. They represent two sides of the same music. Blues is a medium equally suited for communicating your troubles and dancing them off your mind. "My Kind of Evil," produced by Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, is Jones' best album to date. With Wilson's encouragement, Jones' playing takes on a new intensity and volume.

The grooves swing with sweaty juke-joint authenticity on songs auch as "
Ain't Gonna Lie", and "Aching Pain". The best songs here are "What You Do to Me" and "You Got Me (Where You Want Me)" with like-minded singer Colin James on vocals."

-Evansville Courier & Press
June 13, 2004 


"This is Canada's best young blues band. Producer Kim Wilson(Of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and nominated for a Grammy) turns JW-Jones into a killer blues man. JW-Jones plays a mean guitar, and with this, his third album for NorthernBlues Music, he has developed into an incredible bandleader. During the last year JW has played over 165 shows. He has toured Europe, played in Texas, New York and Minnesota and just returned from Australia. His guitar prowess is turning the heads of people like Kim Wilson, Junior Watson and Rick Holmstrom. The band are indefatigable party-starters in both their Native Canada and around the world. They latch onto grooves from across the decades: James Brown funk, the solid thump of house music, mid-1960's boogaloo, Miami disco, Santana's mambo-rock and even some rapping. The lyrics are mostly blatant come-on's, blurring the line between smooth and sultry."

-The John Shelton Ivany Top 21 #186
July 13-20, 2004 


"Jones' baby blue Strat playing however is never in question, jumping up a notch and nearly reaching the upper echelon of Jump Blues players like Hollywood Fats, Junior Watson, and early Rick Holmstrom."

Senior Contributing Editor
Blues Wax E-zine
June 9, 2004 


"Maybe it's the near-artic temperatures from his hometown of Ottawa, Canada that gives singer / guitarist JW-Jones the blues, but whatever the reason this young energetic 23-year old has certainly captured the essence of the many different styles of blues music on his third full-length release My Kind Of Evil."

-Tony Bonyata
May 12, 2004 


"Recipe for the blues: Take one loud and aggressive, raunchy guitar player, stir in a rock solid rhythm section, add a dash of special guest players and singers, sprinkle with horns, and mix well (preferably by a producer like Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds). Let them cook through a selection of originals and a few well chosen covers. Remove the lid (don't worry if you forget this part. . . they'll prob'ly blow it right off) and let simmer for a few days. . . just so you get to know it. Serve hot!

My Kind of Evil has been getting steady play in the car, with the top down and the windows rolled down, as I drive along Highway 6, headin' towards Caledonia! And that, my friends, is what I want in a blues album! Well done, JW!"

-David Kidney
Green Man Review
June, 2004 


"JW-Jones stretches out a bit on his third album, bringing a horn section into the mix to fill out the sound, and give it the feel of ‘50s era R&B. But at the same time there's a slightly ragged feel to everything, and Jones's guitar playing, while bluesy, has as much rock about it as anything else — it's easy to hear Eric Clapton in his solo on “Ain't Gonna Lie," for example, both in tone and style. He's very good on covers, such as “I Don't Know," but his own songs — the vast majority of this disc — have plenty of life. Producer Kim Wilson opts for a very full sound, bringing the guitar to the full front for solos. Jones himself is a slightly better than average singer — but his vocalizing is eclipsed by his playing, and there are times when he might do better to emphasize his fretwork, which he does on the Stax-inflected “Nothing On Me." He works well with bluesman Colin James when the latter takes lead vocals, as on “You've Got Me," and Wilson gives some great harmonica on “Blue Monday." It's encouraging to hear Jones expanding his horizons, and he continues to grow as a player with this disc."

-Chris Nickson
All Music Guide
June, 2004 


"Mix a young guitar slinger committed to his art so much that he gets Kim Wilson to produce his third outing and you get the hottest thing to come out of Canada since quartz heaters. Simply a blistering guitar outing that knows no bounds and has nothing off limits. Hot and tasty throughout, Muddy Waters and that ilk should be smiling how the future is in good hands."

-Chris Spector
Midwest Record Recap
Volume 27/Number 13
May 14, 2003


"Every once and awhile a CD comes around that is great value for money in a country that hikes up CD’s to a price that indirectly encourages illegal duplicating. Young J. W. has put in some work since his last CD "Bogart’s Bounce", not that his last was lacking. Mr. Jones’ covering of several Blues styles is in fact equally as versatile as his fretwork skills, with Chicago, Texan, West Coast & swamp blues given show-casing. Fellow Canadian Colin James is featured as a vocalist on two tracks and back-up to another, while Kim Wilson co-wrote three tracks, harp to three tracks, vocals on two and back-up vocals on one. Add to that that Kim Wilson is so impressed with the lad that he saw fit to produce it too. The harp & guitar on "Cheating Woman" sounds like Little Walter is playing with either Otis Rush or Jody Williams, "You Can’t Fool Me" is in a similar groove though without harp. The guitar on this disc is outstanding – take "Slow Down" you think you are listening to Little Charlie Baty till things slow down to reveal a B. B. King study. In fact you can play this CD to your Blues guitar mates without telling them who’s playing, and as the record unfolds names like Funderburgh, Ramos, Watson, Holmstrom, Zinn, Shultz and Zunis will most likely be said. My last statement is a giveaway at the large chunk of swing styled guitar that is on this album, but it has balance as all great works are. Saying this is a guitar album may be belittling the overall recording, but this will be referred to as a killer guitar album…and not just for a few weeks after its release!"

-Billy Hutchinson
Blues Matters
May 17, 2004 


(NorthernBlues: My Kind of Evil is one of the publisher's picks....along with Eric Clapton!!!)

"JW-Jones is a young player with his roots in the 1950s. His last CD,
Bogart’s Bounce prompted me to compare his driving sounds to past legends such as Wynonie Harris. Nothing has changed! Jones and his band still rock "big-time."

"There are no disappointments on
My Kind of Evil. Its just good blues!"

-Richard Bourcier
May, 2004 


"Maybe it's the near-artic temperatures from his hometown of Ottawa, Canada that gives singer / guitarist JW-Jones the blues, but whatever the reason this young energetic 23-year old has certainly captured the essence of the many different styles of blues music on his third full-length release My Kind Of Evil.

"From the stinging leads and barrelhouse piano on "
I Don't Know" to the B.B. King-inspired guitar licks, jumping horns and rhythms on "Shake That Mess" and "Slow Down" to Jones' warm, although not yet fully realized, vocals, it's apparent that this boy has already paid his dues at a very young age."

-Tony Bonyata
May 12, 2004 


It's hard to believe Jones is only in his early 20s. Not only has he corralled Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds to produce and play on the
album, as well as Colin James, but he's also able to lead a full big band through every number with apparent ease. While both James and Wilson do a
formidable job, Jones is clearly the star of the album, and the excellent
Ain't Gonna Lie and Shake That Mess demonstrate both his blues and rock sensibilities. The rest swings nicely, with the Wind-Chill Factor horn section adding a nice, full sound to the album.

"JW-Jones launches
My Kind Of Evil at the Silver Dollar Friday (May 14)." NNN

-Brent Raynor
MAY 13 - 19, 2004 


"...the new JW Jones’ CD release My Kind of Evilrocks the Blues in a way that makes my heart and feet both pump...A must hear, a must have CD, and a must see band.."

-Eddy B
Blueheart Archive
May, 2004