One half of the mighty Allman Brothers Band’s backbeat, Jaimoe has been propelling the bandâ€™s blues-laced jams for over four decades.
With Jaimoeâ€™s Jasssz Band, the drummer has gathered a like-minded set of musicians â€“ Junior Mack on guitar and vocals,Â Dave StoltzÂ on bass,Â Bruce KatzÂ on keyboards, and a party-time horn section â€“ to delve into a set of originals and covers that swing with a jazz flow that underscores the groupâ€™s blues-rock leanings. Renaissance Man boasts stellar originals, like Mackâ€™s â€œDrifting and Turning,â€ and Katz’s “Hippology,” which find a well-suited home alongside classic covers, such as John Estesâ€™ â€œLeaving Trunk,â€ and Tony Joe Whiteâ€™s â€œRainy Night in Georgia.â€ The Jasssz Band even tips its hat to Jaimoeâ€™s full-time job with a fresh reading of the Allman Brothers Band classic â€œMelissa.â€
There are few surprises on Renaissance Man, unless you consider Junior Mack. He is a musical force whose songwriting and playing is a fine match with Jaimoeâ€™s style. Despite the name of this project, Mack makes it all his own.
Renaissance Man is ouw on lil’Johnieboy Records.