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No Paint

Jeff Chaz

JCP Records 2019

Review by David Bowling

 

Jeff Chaz has been a regular on the Southern blues circuit for several decades now. Several months ago he released his first new studio album in three years titled No Paint.

Many times simple is best and on his new release he returns to basics. He records his new album with just a rhythm section of bassist Augie Joachim and drummer Rick Jones. This forces him to carry the load on his guitar and playing the guitar is one of the things he does best.

Chaz is also a first rate songwriter and nine of the ten tracks are originals. The eight minute “Lowdown, Dirty Blues” is a slow, extended guitar clinic with his gritty vocals connecting his improvisational runs. “The Stars Are Out” is another extended guitar extravaganza.

While songs such as “You Gotta Show Me,” “Blues Buffet,” “We Ain’s Shackin’ No More,” and “deet, deet, deet” remain true to his blues; they are full of catchy hooks as they tell their stories of success, regret, food fortune, sadness, and even a little humor thrown in for good measure.

No Paint is an excellent album of fundamental electric blues and is well worth the price of admission.

Rating: ***1/2