Artist: J P Jones
CD: Life and Death
Home: Rhode Island
Quote: "In short, this is simply an excellent CD".
By Les Reynolds
J P Jones has released his umpteenth album and STILL has plenty to say and
interesting ways of saying it. Nothing ever gets old with this guy.
J P has recorded 11 new original tunes for the Vision Company CD, each one
excellent. His band, Rite Tite, is also quite talented: electric guitarist Mike
Barrette, drummers Dave Lang and Matt Niebels, bassist Kurt Meyer, keyboardist
Donn Watson and violinist Louise Muller.
As noted, the veteran artist has plenty to talk about and a knack for getting
your attention. He sings a bit like Dylan and Mark Knopfler combined and writes
like, well, J P Jones.
The CD opens with "Cum a Live," a tune about thinking for yourself
and living with purpose and intent, fully awake. It features Donn's rolling
piano and some softly screaming guitar from Michael.
That's followed by "The King is Dead," which features some shimmering,
flowing electric guitar and Louise's violin.
You begin seeing a theme with the third song, "What in God's Name,"
which basically says that doing anything in God's name automatically makes it
right regardless of what the individual thinks or knows is right.
There are other references to this same basic idea, but a nod to the lyrics
is in order now on a serious, yet simultaneously tongue-in-cheek tune called
"The Last Song." Folksy acoustic strumming carries this tune about
the famous "famous last words." He writes:
"Well I came home today
In the usual way
Just by rolling out of the bed
And I read what I wrote
To myself in a note
And here is all that it said
This is the last song
I ever will write
I'm so bored stiff with myself
But here's a dollar that says
Every one of my friends
Will all beg me to write
So lend me some cash
And pass me the glass
And where can I crash for the while
My fifth string is broke
And I promise I won't
Keep anyone up with my singin..."
(We'll save the rest -- just know it's really, really good!)
There is just one song that rocks pretty hard. "Killer Instinct,"
is easy to understand -- the me, me, me get to the top at all costs attitude
exhibited by too many people. The instrumentation is strong and punctuated by
Louise's rockin' violin. (She's a real plus for this group and the CD. Rock
The best was saved for last. "When That Change Finally Comes" is
inspired and inspiring, a joyful soft rocker with the band coming just short
of letting out all the stops. Louise, once more, threads some wicked violin
work around the lyrics while Donn's whirring keys give it a foundation.
"Well, we're looking for it
On the outside
While we're working on it
on the inside
Till that critical mass is
Reached and we all decide
When that change finally comes...
...Come on down from that
Come on down before you
Skin your knees
Everything is gonna be all right
All right, I swear by geez
When that change
In short, this is simply an excellent CD.