Re: [Harp-L] New Jelly Roll Johnson EP Review
- To: PT Gazell <pt@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [Harp-L] New Jelly Roll Johnson EP Review
- From: Grant Dermody <gdermody@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 09:52:33 -0700
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Thank you for the post PT
I am a big fan of Jellyroll's playing, and of yours. I'll get the CD from CDBaby and see you in St Louis
All the best
On May 28, 2014, at 8:06 AM, PT Gazell <pt@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Fellow HarmonicistsÂ,
> Though I would pass on my thoughts about Jelly Roll JohnsonÂs latest
> recording ÂThe Land Of Dreams.Â For those of you who donÂt know, Jelly Roll
> is originally from Louisiana. His musical thoughts and style drip with that
> influence. This project is one that I suspect was something he wanted to do
> for some time.
> Like his previous release ÂCome Rain Or Come Shine,Â this is another EP
> containing 7 cuts. If you have been to the French Quarter in New Orleans and
> heard how the musicians approach songs, then you already know how this EP
> sounds....it sounds real! The sonic quality of this project will make you
> believe you are sitting in a club and hearing it happen. I think it really
> captures the spirit of the music. I had the pleasure of Mastering this
> project, and we worked hard to preserve what he and the other musicians
> Here is a rundown of the songs:
> Basin Street Blues
> DidnÂt He Ramble
> Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
> LiÂl Liza Jane
> St. James Infirmary
> A few observations from my standpoint:
> ÂBasin Street BluesÂ is a great way to open the EP. As usual Jelly sets the
> stage with that big thick tone...love the way he phrases like a cross
> between a trumpet and clarinet, all the while making sure it still sounds
> like a HARMONICA.
> ÂDo You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans.Â This classic has always
> been perfectly suited to the harmonica and Jelly turns in a wonderful
> straight ahead performance on Chromatic. Pat Bergeson plays some really nice
> acoustic guitar on this one....nothing fancy just correct.
> LiÂl Liza Jane....this may be my favorite. This cut is nothing short of fun!
> Jelly gives Pat Bergeson a chance to play some harmonica on this one as well
> and the end of the cut is nothing short of big harmonica party. They both
> also play some Bass harmonica on this cut. Fun fun fun!
> ÂSt. James Infirmary.Â This really sounds like ÂPreservation Jazz Hall
> BandÂ stuff. John Jarvis turns in a great piano solo on this one.
> ÂLouisianaÂ This is the last cut on the EP and JellyÂs soul on this Randy
> Newman epic is fantastic. OK I lied, this may be my favorite (also.)
> Jelly Roll always delivers and this project is no exception. Makes me want
> to go record again....yeah I know I been sayinÂ that for awhile!!!
> Here is where you pick up this gem in either hard copy or download form:
> PT Gazell
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