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Jay Geils Plays Jazz!

  • 1. Wholly Cats
    2. There Will Never Be Another You
    3. I Don't Know Enough About You
    4. I Hear You Talkin' to Me
    5. It's the Talk of the Town
    6. Honey Boy
    7. Mission to Moscow
    8. L.B. Blues
    9. Solitude
    10. Blues Walk
    11. Hot Ginger
    12. Funk Underneath
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1306

  • Credits
    ProducerJ. Geils; Jay Geils
    EngineerTim Keleher; J. Geils; Jay Geils; Tim Keleher

    Personnel: J. Geils (electric guitar); Jay Geils (electric guitar); Gerry Beaudoin (acoustic guitar); Jerry Miller (mandolin, electric mandolin); Al Wilson (piano, Hammond b-3 organ); Alan Wilson (piano); John Turner (bass guitar); Frank Blandino (steel guitar); Billy Novick (clarinet); Crispin Cioe (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Greg Piccolo, Rich Lataille, Scott Hamilton (tenor saxophone); Gordon Grottenthaler (drums).
    Audio Mixer: J. Geils.
    Liner Note Author: David Perry .
    Recording information: Wellspring Studios, Acton, MA.
    Photographer: Dan Fogel.
    Arranger: J. Geils.
    The title of Jay Geils' solo debut is Jay Geils Plays Jazz!, but for many listeners that exclamation mark should be substituted with a question mark, since Geils has long been associated with the raw, greasy, house-party blues-rock of the J. Geils Band, which seems a million miles away from jazz. Thing is, for as down and dirty as the JGB got, they were always exceptional musicians, something that was proven in Geils' '90s blues band with Magic Dick, Bluestime. That latter outfit gave Geils room to grow as a guitarist, as did his other project, the New Guitar Summit, and the full extent of his transformation to jazz guitarist is shown on Jay Geils Plays Jazz! This is firmly grounded in '50s bop, favoring the laid-back nature of cool but the chops of hard bop, and it dabbles in big bands, blues, and swing, including Western swing in the form a nifty version of Bob Wills' "I Hear You Talkin' to Me." While there are no great surprises here, Geils has supple support from pianist/organist Al Wilson, bassist John Turner, and drummer Gordon Grottenthaler, plus some nice spotlights from saxophonists Scott Hamilton, Greg Piccolo, and Crispin Cioe. Geils himself is tasteful and engaging throughout, making this album a thoroughly enjoyable first foray into jazz for the guitarist. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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