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Jimmy Jax Pinchak Band drop CD



Band/Artist – Jimmy Jax Pinchak Band
Album – Make it Better (CD)


Let’s be honest for just a second shall we. I get a lot of albums sent my way for review and I mean a lot. Most of them don’t do anything for me. They don’t always get happily placed in the CD player, but the ones that do usually get a three song stay of execution and generally if they last past that they get my full unadulterated attention. Sometimes I’m hooked from the first track, and that’s precisely what happened when I put the latest release by California based Singer-Songwriter-Rocker Jimmy Jax Pinchak on. The CD bursts to life with the fantastic rocked out sound and follows through with a wonderful sequence of songs, 8 of them to be exact. It twists and turns the way great albums should with a little bit of rock, a little bit of high octane driven rock-soul and a lot of harmonic goodness.

The Jimmy Jax Pinchak Band has released their first CD “Make It Better.” Available on iTunes, Amazon MP3 store, Spotify and Soundcloud. Produced by Jon Fowler, mixed by Josh Mosser (Imagine Dragons – Radioactive) and mastered by Grammy winner Erick Labson. A physical CD can be purchased directly from the band’s website. It consists of eight songs, six are originals written by Jimmy Jax Pinchak. The CD is currently getting airplay from college and community radio stations throughout the country. Also a professional actor, Jimmy is known for his role as Peter Wiggin from the movie “Ender’s Game.”

Currently, the Jimmy Jax Pinchak Band consists of: Jacob Delott on bass, Lael Eccard on drums, Nathan Leigh on keyboards, Stan Nirenberg on guitar and Jimmy Jax Pinchak on lead guitar and vocals. CD was produced by Jon Fowler, mixed by Josh Mosser (Imagine Dragons – Radioactive) and mastered by Grammy winner Erick Labson.

First off I also really like to song line up – the way each song masterfully transitions through to the next creating much in the way of drama. So many bands and record labels get this basic skill so wrong. They fail to listen to the songs at their disposal and seemingly throw the album together without giving it any real thought. I’ve known people who work to formulas making sure that their best songs start and finish the album with the remaining tracks squeezed between in a slapdash fashion. That’s not the case with Pinchak’s  music and his latest effort “Make it Better.” in fact each track could probably survive on its own merits, but the album just flows so well. Second: Pinchak could easily heralded as classic sounding rock but there is so much more to them. I hear Peter Adams, Tim Reynolds, Griffin House, Timmy Curran and even my favorite band Great Lake Swimmers to The Smithereens. Some pieces stand out like the more appealing to a mass audience “On the Run” and the title track but there is a deeper and sharper edge to songs like “Free Your Mind”, and Tommy Jones cover song “Draggin’ the Line” and “Into the Fire” which is my favorite track on the CD by the way. Thirdly: The strategic interweaving of systemic melody and impressive vocal performances from Jenkins is a delight, but the solid rhythmical foundation of this band is essential to their artistic and commercial potential. The sound is that of the golden era of popular music in the Seventies on through to the Nineties when musicianship mattered! But the beauty of this record is the use of all mod-cons forcing Pinchak’s relevance into the modern world. Pinchak should achieve good support from radio and appear to be critical Blues-Rock darlings of California right now. However I am left bemused how he is not yet a household name. It’s not a case of all the elements being present but the final product being missing as the songs, the musicianship, the production, and the performance all knit together beautifully-even brilliantly. Maybe I’m lucky enough to be in on the ground floor? Maybe things are just about to kick on for Pinchak? Whatever it is make sure you get hold of this CD called “Make it Better” by the Jimmy Jax Pinchak Band is a must have and in the class of al by itself.


Mark Salisbury edited by Michael Rand
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