Review: Jimmy Warren Band – Live At Last

Posted on: Sunday, Oct 25, 2009

Jimmy Warren

JIMMY WARREN BAND

“Live At Last”

(self-release)

From the Chicago, Illinois area comes the very fine Jimmy Warren Band, a hard working ensemble led by the sparkling guitar and vocals of Jimmy Warren, and also featuring Mike Boyle (bass), John DiGregorio (rhythm guitar) and Doug Maxeiner (drums).

This ‘live in the studio’ six-track release, recorded at In The Mix Studio in Chicago, at a private event in May of this year, engineered by Jim Dill and produced by Jimmy Warren himself. He contributes five of the songs, with just one cover – Memphis Slim’s “Just Landed In Your Town”.

Warren is an excellent guitarist, with nice touch and tone – the opening rocker “Right Side Of Town” contains some fiery lead lines and soloing – greatly appreciated by the assembled guests. The pace is taken down for the slow blues of “Like You Use To” – more slick soloing from Warren, with the band dropping into a nice groove behind him, with some sweet rhythm work from John DiGregorio.

“Only The Blues Last” has a nice laid-back summery feel with Warren’s touch and feel for the music evident again, before the new “Will It Ever Be The Same Again” – a nice bluesy ballad, with his guitar work tasteful, with touches of Mark Knopfler and Gary Moore’s more melodic work, and heartfelt vocal.

“Another Chance” again sees the band in a gentle, rhythmic mode with more fine guitar from Jimmy Warren on this instrumental number, leading to the closing cover, the previously mentioned “I Just Landed In Your Town”, and a pledge that they “want to keep the blues alive” . . . . . a sentiment I’m sure we all endorse!

As an introduction to the band this is a fine release . . . . and it’s easy to see how Warren has many endorsements for guitars, pick-ups, etc., and a string of impressive support slots to his name – such as Pat Travers, Lonnie Mack, Delbert McClinton and many more, as well as playing with many Chicago bluesmen . . . . check him and the band out!

GRAHAME RHODES

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