Toe Tappin' Jazz, released near the end of 2009, is the most outstanding new jazz CD I've heard in many years. The band leader is guitarist Jay Geils, formerly known as J. Geils, founder of Boston's famous party band of the 70s and 80s whose biggest hits were Lookin' For a Love," Give It To Me," Must of Got Lost," Centerfold," and Love Stinks." Who knew the hard-rocking Geils had this much love for jazz in his heart? The disc is the former rocker's second jazz release (the first one is Jay Geils Plays Jazz) and both have ...read more
This album has a rather presumptuous title, but then the completed effort has produced some pretty good results. Although the three guitarists have known each other for a long time, the only common bond is their New England heritage. Jay Geils founded the J. Geils Band, one of the most popular rock bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s, based out of Boston. Geils reports that he was a jazzer as a youth and was musically distracted by the opportunity to lead a rock band. Duke Robillard, from Rhode Island, founded the long running Roomful of Blues Group in ...read more
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