The JW-Jones Blues Band

Bogart's Bounce

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Some records are good but never develop the kind of critical mass to stand out from the pack. Bogart's Bounce is like that, with J.W. Jones airing his admiration for Stevie Ray and the Fabulous Thunderbirds (plus a couple of touches of soul), but never really making any kind of lasting impression. There's nothing wrong with the record at all -- everyone can play well, and the guests, including Kim Wilson, add their textures, but it simply never takes off. While he might be a pleasure live, where the sweat pours and the adrenaline flows, on disc he simply becomes, well, ho hum. "You Forgot to Come Back," with the vocal from Roxanne Potvin, lends some variety, but it's a bit of a lone beacon. This label has put out some remarkably good blues albums; unfortunately, this isn't one of them.

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