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Thousands have seen him perform during his ongoing tenure at “The Funky Pirate” located on New Orleans’ famous “Bourbon Street”, yet guitarist/vocalist, E.J. Phillips and his “Electric Blues Band” have eluded widespread notoriety. With his second and latest release, recorded live at the Ft. Wayne, IN venue known as “Club Soda,” the legendary guitarist tears it all up outside his native New Orleans. Here, with the assistance of guitarist, George Ogg, bassist, James Baker and drummer, Kent Klee, Phillips’ understated, bluesy vocals and blitzing solos serve as a stark indicator of the man’s expansive blues/rock vernacular. Phillips states that he rarely if ever performs the same solo twice: a notion that is perhaps more indicative of a jazz artist, as the ensemble renders a sprightly mix, consisting of the late Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “The Sky is Cryin,” Skip James’ “Killin Floor” and others. However, Phillips might also reside as perhaps one of the preeminent interpreters of the Jimi Hendrix legacy via his rippling firepower and angular lines. Moreover, Phillips accelerates this already vibrant set via his justifiably explosive spins on Hendrix’ “Voodoo Chile” and the “Star Spangled Banner.” Hence, the artist’s electrified approach and irrefutable compassion for the blues shines radiantly on this newly released effort. Recommended.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.