JW Jones Thunderbolt Blues Reaches High Temperature

JW Jones Thunderbolt Blues Reaches High TemperatureJW Jones Thunderbolt Blues Reaches High Temperature tonight on a cold Bristol November night. With lots of gigs on tonight, those with a discernible taste for Canadian driven Chicago Blues were definitely in the right place with JW and his band; on bass Laura Greenberg and new drummer Will Laurin a perfectly formed trio.

Opening with an instrumental that grabbed your ear’s attention you were hooked in with a great SRV styled guitar with the tone and but definitely not a clone! With guitar driven melody this was the start of the warming process we would soon be hot with the delights of blues via JW Jones and his Gibson Les Paul. Tonight was about his music and the opportunity to hear tracks from his stupendous album High Temperature what better way to introduce the album than with the title track a reworking of a Little Walter classic. His guitar playing certainly wooed and excited everyone in the room tonight with authentic electric blues. His music shaped by tradition but never trapped in a cul-de-sac even during the set taking us down the delta showing a different side of the blues.

He makes his gold Les Paul sing to his blues style with a deft touch and depth of feeling for the roots of the blues. The music is contemporary, touching and inspiring everyone with lyrics that told a story or shared emotions. The night was a mix of numbers from his previous album Belmont Boulevard and great covers re-shaped and perfectly formed. The textures and tones change but the quality of sound was constant as we heard BB King and Charlie Musslewhite. Both were stylish with JW Jones treatment of Charlie’s music was a real highlight his interpretation was inspired. The harmony of the chorus with Laura his bassist backing vocals on How Many Hearts gave the number a shape and context. The mood changed with a foot-tapping rockier R&B infused Watch Your Step,
The tempo slowed with a beautiful slow blues number. This was pure, blues crystalline in its purity the perfect contrast to what went before, even the siren of the emergency services on the A4 outside did not distract you and almost acted as a sound effect fitting into the groove. adding to the drama of another impeccable lead break the use of the drumstick as a slide. The blues flowed like a molten river through the venue the tempo changed the mood evolved as we fell under the spell of JW Jones and his band’s spell. Live music, intense, up-close and full of emotion. This connection you will never get at a larger venue. The Thunderbolt is small and perfectly formed and the beer is served at the right temperature and almost as tasty as the blues on offer tonight from the stage.

JW Jones Thunderbolt Blues Reaches High TemperatureAll too soon the set was drawing to the finale a medley, name that tune moment with the up-tempo fun-loving groove of Magic Westside Boogie. The number was fast upbeat lets dancing music with Bo Diddley licks, smoothly morphing into Voodoo Chile all part of a single lead break. Magnificent. This then gave the opportunity to shine the spotlight on Laura and Will. The ‘let’s add to a sense of fun and adventure’ vibe maintained as they played their own form of musical chairs. JW Jones left the guitar and picked up the drumsticks, Will the Bass vacated by Laura who was now up front on the Les Paul. The depth of understanding between the band was demonstrated as we then had a TomTom duel between JW & Will. Then the set was wound up with an incredible medley of Rock n Roll favourites, which smoothly morphed and some intuitive improvisation that saw the temperature and delight of the audience reach fever pitch. The end was a real show stopper as all three members of the band joined JW on his Les Paul. Tonight we had sparkling blues and real entertainment we all had fun.

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JW Jones Thunderbolt Blues Reaches High Temperature

 

JW Jones Thunderbolt Blues Reaches High Temperature

 

 

 

JW Jones Raising Blues to a High Temperature

JW Jones Raising Blues to a High Temperature

JW Jones Raising Blues to a High Temperature

 

JW Jones Raising Blues to a High Temperature that is a certainty on his latest album; the follow-up to his critically acclaimed and Juno nominated Belmont Boulevard.   JW has raised the temperature steaming the notes and forming a new a new sound full of warm tones with his vocals adding to the tonal colour of blues infused music full of soulfulness.

Thirteen original numbers, twelve of them co-written by Dick Cooper, of the Cooper Brothers. The song making up the baker’s dozen, How Many Hearts is co-written by Jaida Dreyer and Colin Linden.  The songs are a mix of the personal, playful and painful, life is being tempered by the high temperature of the guitar playing and strong songwriting.

Opening with Price You Pay, the guitar is sharp as a gun slinger looking for a challenge, it is a statement this is my stage I am in control of the sparkling blues. The lyrics unfold a story unfurled and we know what the price it is we have to pay.  Introducing us once more to his touring bassist Laura Greenberg, whose tones reflect back the sound of Jones’ six-strings. The drummer on the album is Bryan Owings as High Temperature was recorded before Will Laurin joined the band as the drummer.

Focusing on the power of JW Jones, there is not an array of guests the sound is what you expect to hear when JW tours with his band, and the exception to the rule, there has to be one, is Jaida Dreyer joining him on her own composition How Many Hearts. The two vocals harmonise and curl around the lyrics, beat and keys courtesy of Kevin McKendree. Quickly followed by the title track full of swing and mellow blues a big band sound that lays down the influences that dominate the album High Temperature. This is Blues for a good time full of delicious tonal licks, shuffles and the cutest hooks for JW to hang his vocals from. The sound is luscious full-on with the layering of the instruments so that the sound has a richness and depth that is worth every minute that your ears explore the cadences. This is big time Blues, full of confidence and pizzazz.

The first three numbers lay down the quality of JW Jones Raising Blues to a High Temperature; under the skills of the producer Colin Linden’s hand. The studio sound is crisp and warm; with the free from the fluidity of Jones’ live performances. The reach of the vocals is far connecting to the listener with a genuine heartfelt affection of tone. Opening up even further than he did on Cocaine Boy on Belmont Boulevard, you get to know about the real JW Jones on Who I Am. On this emotionally charged blues number, the guitar squeals as the vocals connecting blues in the blood with the life ethics his Grandfather instilled in him making sure he has love in his heart. The cascading keys is a statement of the roads travelled to have the confidence to state this is Who I Am. The album is outward looking, never self-absorbing, the beat picks up with driving rhythms encouraging foot-tapping not tears.

The blues are never far from any JW Jones number blue sparkles and shimmer deep as a sapphire under the brightest moonlight on Midnight Blues. Full of static electricity and the power of the big band sound of urban blues at the top of their game.

Closing out the album we have a turn in the bending road of blues infused music with a country feel. This is fast high-tailing music where the guitar takes centre stage on this instrumental allowing the instruments to take us on a journey painting a picture leaving us with the Wham factor.

High Temperature, from JW Jones is a must for lovers of electric blues, the album goes beyond the genres delighting guitar driven music lovers everywhere when combined with the infectious nature of a soulful voice.

JW Jones Raising Blues to a High Temperature

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Track Listing

  1. Price You Pay
  2. How Many Hearts
  3. High Temperature
  4. Murder In My Heart For The Judge
  5. Who I Am
  6. Away Too Long
  7. Same Mistakes
  8. Leave Me Out
  9. Midnight Blues
  10. Out Of The Woods
  11. Already Know
  12. Where Do You Think I Was
  13. Wham

 

JW Jones Raising Blues to a High Temperature