Blues, yes Ive always played it, but Im looking for
something new. I think that there is always some Blues or Blues elements
in every thing I do, but its Jazz, Funk, Rock n Roll.
told us recently Johnny Neel talking about his projects with his new
band. Always loving jamming on stage and trying new ideas before recording,
Johnny Neel is back today with an album that confirms what he told some
times ago. Right, its not use to try to find an old song to touch
the radios hits and our ears here. Johnny and his friends obviously
try to find a new way we can call experimental funky jazz-rock
with a progressive orientation (!), an option that seems up-to-date
these days. So, even if we sometimes find some Blues accents, the true
orientation of this album is a real new innovation.
I must admit that for those who enjoy the styles this band mixes, the
result is nice and great to listen to, with its advantages and its disadvantages.
Advantages : a good band, gifted, compact, who record songs he played
a lot of times before, with an interesting power and unity. Disadvantages
: the innovation option can be rejected by the fans, and the experimental
moments can bring the band to musical moments not so good, even if the
live rehearsals have allowed them to eliminate the bad songs. The point
of difficulty is to know if the audience will enjoy Johnny Neel new
orientation in musical ways not so obvious to follow. Derek Trucks,
in another more World Music style, made it, so lets
hope that for this great musician, his fans will always follow him.
By the way, Johnny Neel has had a real artistic and creative way he
wanted to share with younger musicians, and this deserves to be said.
Now, you are warned : the fusion/experimentation here is really very
far away from the orthodox Southern Rock (if it exists), but if you
are ready to listen to some original and rare Children of the
Blues vibrations, in a powerful and sophisticated way, so lets
go, this album is for you !