Album Reviews

Jeff Jensen

The River City Sessions (Live)

Artist:     Jeff Jensen

Album:     The River City Sessions (Live)

Label:     Independent

Release Date:     04/05/2016

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Recorded live in the band’s hometown of Memphis,  Jeff Jensen followed up his previous studio release, “Morose Elephant,” with a riotous, raucous, good-humored, gut-wrenching bellyful of biting blues that is full of passion and fire. The River City Sessions (Live) is a cracking live album from an outfit that could be considered a power-trio but, in truth, steps successfully out of that limiting box with style, subtlety and enormous hi-octane chutzpah.

Eight of the thirteen tracks here are self-penned with added covers of T-Bone Walker’s “Shuffle,” Tom Waits‘ “Heart Attack and Vine” and Bob Dylan‘s “All Along The Watchtower.” Jensen’s own writing is solid, strong stuff with a keen eye on tradition and a fierce emotional core at its very heart. His fretwork is equally arresting with some light touches and BB King-like flourishes. Robinson Bridgeforth on drums and Bill Ruffino kicking up a fine bass backbeat, add overall power to this live set propelling the whole package along with clear intent and success.

– Iain Patience

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