Review: Laurence Jones – Temptation

Posted on: Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014

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Laurence Jones – Temptation

(Ruf Records: RUF 1199)

From Shipston-on-Stour, this young man has all the professionalism usually afforded to more seasoned musicians. With amazing guitar solos and compelling vocals from Laurence Jones, the album ‘Temptation’ gives a taste of the ‘youth of blues’.

Recorded in Louisiana and produced by Mike Zito, the prestigious line-up on this album are Laurence Jones – electric guitars, vocals, Yonrico Scott – drums, percussion, Charlie Wooton – electric bass, Mike Zito – acoustic guitars, piano, with guests Lewis Stephens on Hammond B3 and Johnny Sansone on harmonica. Most of the tracks are self-penned.

The first track, ‘Foolin’ Me’ , is an up tempo, classic rock. A hard hitting number with a great guitar solo and solid rhythm section …. and can I hear a bit of a Wilko Johnson riff in there? Following this another rock number ‘Move On’

‘Tomorrow Is Another Day’ is a funky blues with harp input. Great guitar playing, working well with the harmonica. Stronger vocals from Laurence on this track. Next, ‘Temptation’ and the name sake of the album, is a standard 12 bar blues but drawing from influences of old standard electric blues. A good take.

A rockin’, up tempo number with plenty of fuzz, ‘Can’t Keep Living Like This’, has great rock rhythms. This leads into a change with ‘Whisper In The Wind’, which is a slow acoustic track with some great slide guitar and pleasant vocals from Laurence. ‘Fall From The Sky’, definitely has a Southern rock feel, but ‘My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble’ is a ‘funked up’ funky blues with some superb guitar work.

Next a rollin’ rockin’ track, with excellent slide guitar and percussion, ‘Southern Breeze’… with perhaps a touch of the Allman Brothers spring to mind. Following this, ‘Wind Me Up’ , an up tempo classic 12 bar blues, with Hammond input. Some solid Fleetwood-esque drumming and well executed guitar solos.

‘Bad Bad Dream’ is a slow 12 bar blues with an excellent wild guitar solo and solid rhythm section. Great vocals on this number. The final track on this very good album is ‘Soul Swamp River’. I really enjoyed this track, getting down and dirty with a gritty 12 bar blues and some great harp input. A solid bass line working well with the guitar and a great play off with guitar and harp. The vocals worked well too.

A prestigious album for this up and coming young artist, so well done Laurence Jones!

ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive

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