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Jimmy Jax Pinchak Band

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Artist: Jimmy Jax Pinchak Band

CD: Make it Better

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While it is true many feel the music industry is in disarray, it’s always a breath of fresh air to hear a new band or artist that’s not afraid to take chances with their musical expression. With California based Jimmy Jax Pinchak and his band’s latest musical offering “Make it Better” it’s clear to me he has surpassed what many consider to be the a-typical musical release. Jimmy’s band is a late 60s influenced blues/rock band with a contemporary feel. He has been influenced by Freddie King, Hendrix, The Doors, The Beatles, The Allman Brothers and his favorite Eric Clapton. He also follows the Black Keyes and Gary Clark Jr.

Make it Better gives one a compelling musical life’s anthem with a string of catchy songs that will keep the listener rocking, mesmerized and fully entertained. Also present are messages that are uplifting and a vibe that is unmistakably, well Jimmy Jax Pinchak style. Pinchak combines many impressive musical styles: like retro Pop/Rock of the 70’s and 80’s and even modern Rock and a bit of Blues, with a splash of traditional Soul Rock, and yep even Southern Fried Country or Folk. Some pieces I really like are ‘On the Run” and ‘Make it Better” with their powerful yet simplistic messages. ‘Free Your Mind” expands the possibilities as a possible radio hit in the making, but to me the song that personifies the vintage Jimmy Pinchak sound is “Tell Me” and the title track.   On these 2 songs he brilliantly brings the listener to his center and delivers a brilliant piece of music that sounds best in a live setting. The production is also top notch and the playing from all other band members is spot on. Did I mention this CD was produced by Jon Fowler, mixed by Josh Mosser (Imagine Dragons – Radioactive) and mastered by Grammy winner Erick Labson. Pinchak creates a sound that will make virtually any listener feel right at home. As a vocalist, he garnishes a gifted vocal timber as he glides with precision with just enough in the way of passionate technicalities, yet not neglecting soul and twang on the side. On many tracks Pinchak and his band perform a multitude of amazing harmonies and solid guitar playing. If you like Jack Johnson, Joe Ely, John Prine, Blues Traveler you will like Jimmy Jax Pinchak. On the other side of the sonic spectrum I can also hear: Eric Hutchinson, Damien Rice, The Dinnis Trio and Joshua James. Much of Pinchak’s artistry goes beyond traditional playing and songwriting. Lyrics are also an important component for me whenever I listen and review music. In this aspect if you really examine it – Pinchak paints you a brilliant visual story between the spoken word and his musical messages of hope, love and the love of life itself.

To me “Make it Better” is about hope but also about facing reality. This CD delivers amazing music for the senses that has no boundaries – very much like the road of life itself.

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Rating 8/10 Stars

Reviewed by: Emily Cooper Erickson edited by J.J McCall. Approved by Drew Blackwell (UK).

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