Review: Jeff Jensen – Road Worn And Ragged

Posted on: Saturday, Aug 10, 2013

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Jeff Jensen – Road Worn And Ragged

(Swingsuit – no issue number)

Producer/ guitarist/ vocalist/ composer Jeff Jensen recorded this set at Ardent Studios in Memphis but the sound is reminiscent of the West Coast swing-blues style in many places, so it is no surprise to find out that Jeff moved there from Portland, Oregon.

Victor Wainwright – himself a rising name on the current blues revival scene – helps out with piano and some production, and the band includes such well-known names to followers of today’s blues as harmonica man Brandon Santini and bassist Bill Ruffino, whilst Reverend Billy C. Wirtz had a hand in writing the clever ‘Good Bye Portland’.

The set ranges from the tough, almost James Harman styled opener to a slow and moody cover of ‘Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You’. I prefer Jeff on the raunchier blues numbers, but those with a taste for current California sounds should investigate.

NORMAN DARWEN

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