JIOSA On The Edge
Denny Jiosa, best known for his success in contemporary jazz both as a guitarist and
producer, is stepping into a new world! With 6 chart topping contemporary jazz CDs of his
own and 4 Grammy nominations for Gospel artist Yolanda Adams and Polka queen Lynn
Marie, he is no stranger to diversification.
His musicianship has been compared to guitar greats Wes Montgomery, Eric Clapton,
George Benson, Jeff Beck, and Santana! With quotes such as:
* ”If Eric Clapton played jazz he’d be Denny Jiosa ” /Jazziz Magazine
* “Take the classic cool jazz of the late Wes Montgomery,stretch it with the contemporary
sounds of jazz masters like Pat Metheny and Larry Carlton, add a dollop of B.B. King blues
and Eric Clapton blues rock, and temper it with Latin-tinged, soaring, fluid solos like
Carlos Santana, shake it and bake it, and you have Denny Jiosa!” / Steppin’ Out Magazine -
Jiosa stands out in today’s field of instrumental musicians as one who refuses to
compromise and always surprises. This project is indeed a long awaited musical venture
for Denny. It is not a jazz record. It just plain rocks!
Simply called “JIOSA”, “it represents melodic, passionate rock that contains elements of Jeff
Beck, Steve Vai, and Eric Clapton. It is with bassist Jon von Boehm and drummer John
Toomey, both of Nashville and both with progressive rock backgrounds.
“It is a project I have always wanted to do”, says Jiosa. “Toomey and Boehm have been
inspiring to work with. I realized I missed that feeling of getting with great players and
creating. Like my teenage years, finding players of common ground, rehearsing in my
parent’s basement, and hearing new ideas develop on the spot is exciting! Even though I
am no longer in my parent’s basement, we are we creating awesome tracks!”
VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE / John Heidt
JIOSA On The Edge
Fans of Denny Jiosa's elegant smooth jazz recordings are in for a shock with his new trio
effort. Jiosa, bassist Jon von Boehm, and drummer John Toomey crank up the volume with
efforts solidly rooted in rock, blues, and jazz.
The stylistic sidestep is evident immediately on the in-your-face opener,Dynamite, with
its heavier tone, very aggressive attack, pinched harmonics, and plain old volume. That
said, Jiosa still proves to be an incredibly melodic player. On most of the record, the
musical hooks stand out and stay with you. Funk and rock dominate Blue Line to Largo,
with jabbing 9th chords and stinging harmonics. Jiosa also fills a middle section with some
straight rock and blues riffing before heading back to the funk. Night Train to Marakesh
is an evocative piece with slinky, sitar-like guitar. Anyone familiar with his past work won't
be surprised to hear the immediately memorable ballad Redemption, which is more Jeff
Beck than smooth jazz. A solo over a string section adds melodic flavor. Spytime is a
straight-ahead boogie that gives Jiosa room to show off his nasty side with surprisingly
tough chord changes and deft tremolo bar work.
Every cut except Afraid of the Dark is an instrumental. On the soul/pop cut, Jiosa's vocal
is pleasant enough, but it's his melodic, bluesy solo that dominates the song.
Whether it's a stylistic move to escape a genre that appears to be sinking slowly or a move
toward what he wants to do doesn't matter. Jiosa and his trio have fashioned a record that
has great songs and skillful guitar playing aplenty.
Dirk Sutro, the author of JAZZ FOR DUMMIES states, �While some of the players are a little
too smooth for my taste, some other artists in the contemporary jazz category make more
challenging music.� He lists Denny Jiosa among his favorites in the company of such
stellar musicians as
Fourplay, Spyro Gyra and Joe Sample.
LIVE PERFORMANCE QUOTES
�An incredible jazz ensemble and delightfully entertaining�
Fred Puglia,Decatur Celebration
�An electrifying show!� Peter Woolfolk,Tennessee Jazz & Blues Society
�Stunning performance...just fabulous!� Jane Olds,Clearwater Jazz Festival
�His performance was a great blend of contemporary and traditional jazz,
with improvising reminiscent of Wes Montgomery! Music Boulevard