is how I started out my review of the previous Jim Allchin
remember the first time I heard Stevie
All I could think was, man, that's some guitar! The first time
I heard Jim
ditto. Maybe he isn't Stevie
but he's Jim
over the freakin' place and I figure if you have a love for the
rockin' side of R&B and rock 'n' roll, you'll feel the
same. Allchin can play!
I know you've heard it before, but he's a step beyond. I swear.
You love jammin' guitar, you have got
hear this guy.”
damned if Allchin isn't back doing it again. More smokin'
guitar with sidesteps toward smooth jazz licks, more bar boogie
and blues and, thank God, more New
which gives the music a bit of a kick on the more soulful
numbers. When I was 20, I hated horns. What the hell was wrong
with me? Well, I must be better now because this album is
kicking my ass all over the place.
helps when you start off with a smoker. Stop
and Go is
one of those boogie woogie numbers which gives Allchin all the
room he needs to warm up the guitar and it warms up fast.
Guitar rips in short bursts, which is the way it should be.
Used when it is needed. Used as background when it is more of a
band instrument. Allchin knows what he's doing.
I know what I'm hearing. Allchin's Q.E.D.
After the first album, I didn't expect anything less. Thanks
for meeting my expectations and more, Jim. Your pal, Frank.
you Brass people? Make Allchin take you on tour with him. If he
resists, beat the crap out of him. Just don't hurt the horns.