DJ for Blues, Etc.
Fritz Creek, Alaska, United States
Before moving to Homer in 2009, J.O. lived in Northern California for 40 years and was past President of the Sacramento Blues Society. His interest and passion for the Blues dates back to his teen years some 50 years ago. In partnership with the Homer Council on the Arts, he worked to bring a Blues in the Schools program to schools in Homer, Port Graham and Nanwalek. He enjoys fishing, cooking, his Boxers and living next door to his grandsons.
Latest Album Reviews
Review of Look for the Light
Album Info: Look for the Light
Jeff Reed Album: Look for the Light Label: Self-Release Genre(s): Contemporary Blues
Posted By: Joe Ross
Jul 7, 2020
Based in Baltimore, Md., bassist Jeff Reed’s “Look for the Light” is his first release as leader although he has appeared on over fifty full-length albums. With four originals and five covers, Reed presents an interesting and varied repertoire arranged for trio, quartet or quintet. Opening with Charlie Parker’s “Segment,” we’re clued into the fact that there’s going to be plenty of instrumental excitement ahead from the veteran sidemen that Reed has chosen to assist, Sean Jones (trumpet), Todd Marcus (bass clarinet), Jonathan Epley (guitar) and Eric Kennedy (drums). The group serves up contagious energy and memorable improvisations. Pieces like Oscar Pettiford’s “Tricotism” are gripping performances with dynamics, dexterity and personality. Inspired by the birth of his son, the relaxing title track “Look for the
Sweden’s love affair with all things Americana, specifically West Coast pop-rock music circa 1972 comes back into focus on Oh Sedona!, the 2020 CD from the band known as A.K. & The Brotherhood. Every track on this cool album has something to offer and the album's lead-off track “California Free Bird” sets the tone as a fine introduction to this multi-talented band. Featuring tracks penned by Alo Karlsson, the 12-track album features production and mixing of Johan Glössner, who also brings in some fine fretboard work on electric guitars, as well as contributing keys and background vocals. Backing up Alo and Johan, Oh Sedona! also spotlights a number of musicians and the full-bodied sounds are perfectly captured in the clear as a bell CD sound. Fans of the spry Country-rock of the Grateful Dead circa American Beauty as
David Boswell Album: The Story Behind The Story Label: My Quiet Moon Genre(s): Contemporary Jazz
Posted By: Robert Silverstein
Jul 1, 2020
Interesting name for a record company yet, My Quiet Moon Records has a real winner on their hands with the 2020 CD release of The Story Behind The Story by California-based electric guitarist/composer David Boswell. While jazz buffs may notice Pat Metheny as a big influence, there’s plenty of unique sounding, orchestral-flavored instrumental fusion on this superbly-recorded and tastefully produced guitar-centric CD to bring in a range of music lovers. David gets top-notch support from a number of musicians, including keyboard icon Mitchel Forman (piano) and Jimmy Haslip (bass), to name just a couple. Co-produced by David and Jimmy Haslip, The Story Behind The Story will be the album to put David Boswell on the jazz-fusion map.
Gary “Stretch” Brewer, from Louisville, Ky. celebrates his 40th anniversary in the bluegrass music business with an album of originals and a host of all-star guest artists. As a kid, Brewer was into rock music until he “got run over by a car” and began playing acoustic guitar and singing old songs during his hospital recovery. With a couple rock ‘n’ roll buddies, he formed the “The Kentucky Ramblers” in 1980. About that time, he bought Bill Monroe’s bus (called the “Bluegrass Breakdown”), started Louisville’s “Strictly Bluegrass” Festival, began touring and recording albums with his characteristic “brewgrass” music. Eventually, his band came to include his father Finley and two sons Wayne and Mason. On this album, Brewer’s liner notes say that the song “Girl from the
Darryl Way Album: Destinations Label: The Right Honourable Genre(s): Alternative Rock
Posted By: Robert Silverstein
Jun 29, 2020
Fans of progressive, instrumental rock music from the U.K. will flip for the 2020 CD from composer / violinist legend Darryl Way. Entitled Destinations, the ten-track album also features Pete Skinner (drums) and Richard Mead (bass), yet, start to finish, the album is a fitting showcase for Darryl’s compositional skills as well as his chops as both a violinist and electric guitarist. Impossible to pin down to one style of music, Destinations is a classic example of eclectic instrumental rock fusion as written and played in the 21st century. In the spirit of Darryl’s previous album Vivaldi’s Four Seasons In Rock, the album release of Destinations is colorful and energetic and filled with impeccable musicianship all around. Every track has something to offer fans of instrumental rock and jazz-fusion. Darryl has claimed that Destinations was inspired by exotic locations