|I have to thank WFDU's "Across the Tracks" program director Dave Grogan
for introducing me to this fine CD. Twenty year old, Ottawa Ontario based JW-Jones seems destined to be a future
star-in-making. This CD, mostly written by Jones, kicks hard with inventive playing and musicianship of a player/guitarist
who seems older and fully matured. The first track is a live sounding upbeat blast, as his band rips through Jones's
"Too Many Times". The title cut smokes like a fresh Cohiba Cigar, in Jones Defibrillatin'. Note the command and control Jones exudes throughout the many changes of his expansive
playing. Listen to JW's traditional nuances on, "One Night Stand." The hi-speed jazzed up "Batyology"
is a first class tribute to Little Charlie and Nightcats guitarist Charlie Baty, with all kinds of crazy stop and
go fills. JW tears the house down on the slow blues, "Waitin Around." And Pierre Chretien's "Dizzy
Spell" is tour de force jazz and blues romp, and an excellent vehicle for JW's expressive playing.
With kudos from the likes of Anson Funderburgh, Alex Schultz, and Rick Holmstrom making JW comparisons from everyone including Charlie Christian to Charlie Baty, you know these quality players are taking notice. Also know that after listening to this CD, he has been studying and listening to his peers present and past. It is not unfair to think that JW-Jones could easily turn out to be a true Northern Star, soon.
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