"Rhythm and the Beat" by Randy Jacobs on iTunes

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Customer Reviews

Album Review

Bravenoise,

The funkiest guitarist from Detroit returns with his newest instrumental offering "Rhythm and the Beat". The current Dave Koz, Was (Not Was) and Boneshakers guitarist seeks to funk and soul you up.
The CD opens with the sexy soul rock of "Funkolina Brown" where stanky rhythm melody guitar is king. The dubstop inflected "Secret Plot Deep" gets down and nasty on a hard rock funk feel. "Groovellephacus" is a four on the floor monster with its funky Wes Montgomery style guitar and Was Not Was keyboardist Jamie Muhoberac working his sonic magic throughout. This outing also sees Randy J letting loose on lead vocals with the blues laden "Lets Get Funky Tonight" and the down home track "Omazing with Keb Mo bassist Reggie McBride on the upright bass. Boneshakers singer Sweet Pea Atkinson and Was Not Was alumni Sir Harry Bowens appear on backing vocals. Jacobs goes even deeper into funkiness on "No Brag, Just Fact" which features alto saxophonist Mindi Abair and long time Richard Elliot keyboardist Ron Reinhart laying some serious chops. Randy plays acoustic guitar on the soulful "Love Lessons" and the beautiful guitar duet with guitarist Peter White "Wake Up Baby". RJ also takes us back old school vibe with "Free The Man" with Taj Mahal sax man Joe Sublett giving his best Jr. Walker/Maceo feels on the track. McStinkum lives up to its title with a three-piece horn section comprised of Rick Braun, Brian Culbertson, Richard Elliot featuring them trading licks with Randy while keeping it in the pocket. The CD closes with a blues guitar led gospel cover of the Doris Day via Sly Stone classic "Que Sera Sera”.
Boneshakers drummer Dave Hooper with Randy handling bass duties for most of this CD, laydown a humping groove through out. While the guitarist has built his reputation as a funk rhythm specialist he is no slouch in the solo chops department as he rips through various tones and styles. If you haven’t heard of Randy Jacobs this would be a great place to start. randyjacobs.com

Great player. Must see.

JA Causey,

If you get a chance to see Randy live, do it! Until then this CD makes for great listening. But live, the guy burns. I saw him backing up young sax phenom Grace Kelly and Randy killed with a blistering solo on Bill Withers "Ain't no Sunshine". Nice guy too, a class act. Signed my guitar. I told my wife about this awesome guitar player who doesn't use a pick and she said, "The tall, suave looking guy?" Yea, yea, Randy, the tall suave looking guy.
Greg

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