Review: Jimmy Warren Band – No More Promises
Posted on: Monday, Apr 26, 2010
JIMMY WARREN BAND
“No More Promises”
(Electro Glide Records)
Following on from their recent “Live At Last” album, comes this extremely classy offering from the Illinois-based Jimmy Warren Band, “No More Promises” – led by the tasteful guitar and voice of Jimmy Warren, who despite only picking up the guitar at age 25, has now developed a most distinctive, thick, but melodic tone and is a fine player – he also features on keyboards, drums and programming, as well as penning all 12 songs here – tales of lost love and relationships, and the general way of the world.
In the company of his sympathetic band – John DiGregorio (rhythm guitar), Mike Boyle (bass) and Charles Price (drums) – they deliver a stew of funky blues, some rock-tinged tunes and a couple of standout ballads that would fit on most radio stations. Warren himself took a ten year break from music to bring a family up, returning with the band and the afore-mentioned live release, as well as setting up his own Electro Glide Records.
The opening “Watermelon Money” and the following “Mean Mistreater” are a pair of funky blues, demonstrating the tightness of the band and Warren’s clean guitar leads and agreeable voice – with a solo on the end of “Mean Mistreater” from his son, Jimi Dill. One of the album highlights is the beautiful ballad “I’m Gonna Love With You”, reminiscent of the mellow side of the late, great Jeff Healey, with a fabulous chorus featuring the backing vocals of Anna Ulrich.
“Darker Shade Of Grey” is a stunning instrumental, with lots of Warren’s melodic guitar on offer, with a nod to the gentle side of Jimi Hendrix’s playing, and very nice indeed. The strutting blues of “It Ain’t Fair” – features a piercing trademark slide solo from former long-standing Muddy Waters Band member, ‘Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin. “Standing In My Shoes” rides on a funky, bluesy groove, before the title cut, “No More Promises” – again calling on the voice of Anna Ulrich, and as radio-friendly as they come, with another Jimmy Warren soaring guitar solo.
Elsewhere the gently rocking “A Love That Hurts” is another standout; as is the soulful ballad “A Matter Of Time” – big guitar hooks and a powerful vocal here – before the closing slow blues of “Send Me On My Way”, with some guitar fireworks on the intro and solo, and Jimmy Warren showing also his prowess on the Hammond B3 organ, and a great way to end this fine album.