While there have been several instances of sons taking over their father's bands in the music business, this might be the first time the son takes over a band that the father named after the son in the first place. Meaning, among other things, that there is finally someone in the band Geronimo Black named Geronimo Black. An extremely talented guitarist who makes every track on this record come to life with his string antics, he is one of three Black brothers who performs as a member of this band. The original Geronimo Black group was formed in the '70s by their father Jimmy Carl Black and some other ex-members of the Mothers of Invention. At that time, offspring Geronimo was a toddler. In 2003, he was all grown up and ready to boogie, as was drummer James D. Black and percussionist Gary Black. This new Geronimo Black group might actually be called Geronimo Black Two -- it is kind of hard to tell from the CD design whether the digit is actually a designated album title. "Rough Mixes" is added to the information printed on the disc itself, and no catalog number is indicated anywhere. On the spine of the tray card, the project is identified as Geronimo Black by Geronimo Black, a designation that would cause confusion with recordings by the '70s band. The fact is that musically, the new group has very little to do with the old one. Yet it is hardly an instance where the legitimacy of using the name needs to be questioned. The new group is a hard-rocking outfit, the guitars layered over the top and providing plenty of activity to follow. Bassist Bob Braxton joins the Black brothers in rhythm section movements as intrinsic as fat on a lamb chop. Of equal importance are the vocals of James Chaffee, as distinct, rich, and charismatic as anything on the hit parade during this era, which admittedly is not saying much. The point is, here is a really good rock band whose rough mixes sound good enough to release and would not have been identifiable as such if the information was not provided. Released as it is on the senior Black's private label and dogged with a somewhat confusing history and presentation, the new Geronimo Black will have a Black Hills-style challenge reaching a large audience. And that's a shame, as this is both a superior debut on any level and a major ripple in the lagoon of native American rock.
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AllMusic Review by Eugene Chadbourne