Review: Jeff Jensen – Morose Elephant

Posted on: Saturday, Feb 7, 2015

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Jeff Jensen – Morose Elephant

(Swing Suit)

This is the fourth studio album from this guitarist and singer, and rather tasty it is too. Recorded in Memphis – mostly at the famed Ardent Studios – on this CD Jeff tackles many forms of blues, from the lilting classic soul styled opener (well, it is Memphis) to the rather ironic guitar, blues harp and vocal closer (shades of Will Shade in Gary Allegretto’s harmonica playing).

Jeff can go for a raw, powerhouse blues-rock approach on ‘Get Along’, hint at a little Hendrix influenced balladry with the ever so slightly ‘The Wind Cries Mary’ styled ‘Fall Apart’, and testify with the gospel-rock amalgam of ‘Going Home’.

Victor Wainwright joshes and jives with Jeff, besides playing boogie-woogie piano, on ‘What’s The Matter With The Mill’, drawing on the Muddy Waters version of this Memphis Minnie song, and another cover, ‘Bad Bad Whiskey’, stays reasonably close to Amos Milburn’s original though with enough of Jeff’s own ideas to make it worthwhile. ‘Ash And Bone’ is Americana styled with fiddle, and ‘Elephant Blue’ is an impressive, jazz tinged up tempo guitar instrumental.

A richly varied set then, with a few quirky moments to make this stand out from the pack – more than worth a listen.

NORMAN DARWEN

www.jeffjensenband.com

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