Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Jimmy McIntosh and...Arizona Club 2014

Arguably the finest "unknown" guitarist in North America, perhaps the world!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
To call Jimmy McIntosh "unknown" is a tad unfair but this is one six string god that simply is not getting the appropriate press he so richly deserves. This particular release is the follow up to the critically acclaimed "Orleans To London" and includes such stellar contemporaries as Ronnie Wood, Mike Stern, and John Scofield so credibility is far from an issue here. Rock, jazz, funk and blues finds Jimmy McIntosh and...putting on a real deal six string summit for the guitar aficionado or simply the weekend warrior that digs a little variety.
McIntosh is blessed with that rare and innate ability to touch your heart and set your hair on fire at the same time, often on the same tune. The release works so incredibility well do to the lack of pretentious overkill that so often trips up guitarist with more ego and technical ability then artistic foresight. The Robert Johnson classic "32 20 Blues" gets a second chance at life while the delta infused funk of  "Lavona's Blues" is a McIntosh tune that includes the great John Scofield. The lyrical interplay between McIntosh and Ronnie Wood on "Fast Blowing" should have that weekend picker selling his or her axe quickly figuring, "What's the point?" Showing off a solid improvisational foundation the Duke Ellington classic "Sophisticated Lady" alone is worth the price of the disc or download.
Good guitarists are a dime a dozen, like Starbucks they are everywhere. Great guitarists play music that transcends the self imposed limitations of genre and move to a more emotive harmonic road less traveled road less traveled..
Jimmy McIntosh is a great guitarist!
Tracks: Slow Blues; The Logue; Letsco; Ju Ju; PM Blues; Sophisticated Lady; Lavona's Boogie; I Gotta See; Demon; 32 20 Blues; Back2Cali; Fast Blues.
Personnel: John Scofield: Guitar; Ronnie Wood: Guitar; Mike Stern: Guitar; Ivan Neville: Piano, Organ; Toss Panos: Drums; John Humphrey: Bass; Keith Hubacher: Bass; Dan Lutz: Acoustic Bass; Albert Wing: Tenor Saxophone.
As Always - Special Thanks To Michael Bloom of Michael Bloom Media.