Jaye Foucher

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Jaye Foucher is a soloing axewoman that takes full command of the instrument and frames it all in tight compositions. There is no dross power chording nor filler riffing here. Foucher deftly handles keys, guitars and delivers strong vocals here and there. Luis Espaillat provides bass and Justin Pacy keeps the beat on drums. Foucher's solos are never plagued with that bungee-jump/testosterone/ free-for-all of no-think, noodle-fest riffin'. You can feel the soul, her heart, the song of her fingers through her guitar. She sings with her hands. Her siren words are the notes and she can scream like a banshee when the moment calls for that special overdriven emphasis. She knows how to flat-out, have-mercy, have fun, evident in "Stompin' the Bug." I heard a bit of that Michael Lee Firkins blues-rock clarity on that one. On "Epic" we get that must-have driving tune that simply sails along with that David Chastain determination and flair. Snippets of Satriani can be sorted out but Foucher is all her own style in the stop-n-go tempo shifts and intelligently written progressions. Foucher's "Dis-jointed" stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Eric Johnson or Joe Satriani.

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