Review: John Ginty – No Filter

Posted on: Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

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John Ginty – No Filter

(American Showplace Music: ASM5116)

New Jersey Hammond B-3 player John Ginty’s debut release back in 2013, “Bad News Travels”, was a most enjoyable affair, and it’s a pleasure to report that the brand new follow-up, “No Filter”, seems destined to raise his profile even more on this heady mix of blues, rock, funk, jazz and more.

As a sideman Ginty has always been in demand, playing with the likes of Santana, The Dixie Chicks, Ron Sexsmith, Albert Castiglia and more; and he was an orginal founding member of Robert Randolph and the Family Band. He has featured on hundreds of recordings with his dynamite keyboard work.

The core band on the album features John Ginty himself on Hammond B-3, piano, percussion and vocals, Mike Buckman (guitar), Paul Kuzik (bass and vocals), with drum duties shared between Dan Fadel and Andrei Koribanics. The guest list is pretty impressive and includes Cris Jacobs (guitar and vocals), Alexis P Suter (vocals) and rapper Redman.

The music gets off to an atmospheric start with Lou Pallo’s tasteful guitar intro on “Fredo”, which settles into a most engaging funk groove as Ginty’s Hammond kicks in. The lovely “Ball Of Fire” features some Santana-esque guitar from Cris Jacobs, who also takes the vocal. The band dig into some blues on the brooding “Old Shoes”, with a tough vocal from Alexis P. Suter and Jimmy Bennett on guitar.

The jazzy blues instrumental is another treat as John Ginty’s sparkling and fluid Hammond playing spars with Cris Jacobs guitar; the band composition “Rock ‘n’ Roll Sunday” fairly rattles along with nice soulful vocal from Paul Gerdts. The dark prison tale, “Annandale”, penned by Ginty, again features the excellent Cris Jacobs; that is followed by another gem of an instrumental in the shape of “No Jelly”, with Jimmy Bennett again prominent on guitar.

The penultimate track is the title cut, “No Filter”, a dark affair, with Ginty on dramatic piano and guest vocals from Cara Kelly, with impressive lap steel by Jimmy Bennett. A remix of “Fredo” ends this most enjoyable album, with Redman rapping on top of Ginty’s sweeping Hammond B-3 flourishes.

For all Hammond lovers out there this is well worthy of investigation . . . and it is a treat to hear this beautiful-sounding instrument out front on an album!!


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