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Jimmy Mac - Just A Kid Havin' Fun

Jimmy Mac – Just A Kid Havin’ Fun

 
…And from the sound of things, he certainly is. Sporting a Fender Telecaster (make that two), guitarist/composer Jimmy Mac has created an album featuring of his 11 mostly guitar-based compositions. He is capably assisted by Jimi Fischer on bass guitars, drums on a few tracks, programming, and who also recorded and mixed the entire album (talented dude!); Joel Griffin on drums; and few other friends. Most of the songs fit nicely into the quasi- rock/pop instrumental category, with some being more Rock-influenced, others more R&B, others being more Pop… you get the picture. There is a decided “Americana��? feel throughout; Mac’s red, white and blue spangled tunes are something you might hear playing away down at your local watering hole – regardless if you live MA, AL, IN, FL or CA – or points in between.
Jimmy Mac - Just A Kid Havin' Fun

Jimmy Mac – Just A Kid Havin’ Fun

Mac’s Telecaster serves as his musical emcee, hosting a fine display of solid songwriting and guitar playing. Nothing groundbreaking here in terms of composition. You won’t find any commingling of previously seeming disparate cultures woven imaginatively together as in Nguyên Lê’s “Maghreb & Friends.��? Far from it. But the album is a good homegrown display of talent and energy.

The album boasts several standout tracks. “Trojan Horse��? starts off with a strong mid-tempo bass groove by Fischer (great tone; he uses an octave divider to give it extra oomph.) Mac enters with some softly strummed chords at first, in juxtaposition to the muscular bassline. Then his lead guitar sings out a poignant motif that is reminiscent of Jeff Beck’s work, including some “outside��? soloing. The feel is maintained solidly throughout by Fischer and Griffin, who provide a great foundation for Mac to have his play.

Mr. Griffin has the intro honors on “More Money Than G-d,��? and he doesn’t hesitate to say what’s on his mind. His ten-second drum intro and subsequent high-hat shuffle groove is one of the highlights of the track. Next album, give this guy more space to stretch, will ya’? There is a strong tongue-in-cheek melody line; even without lyrics or vocals, you can hear the guitar sing: “makes more money that G-d.��? Good songwriting, that.

Overall, this is very good for a self-produced introduction. Mac and mates are talented, and from the sound of things, they obviously enjoyed making the album. Most any one listening to it will discern it’s a well-made album with good intent.

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