Bluelisted is JW Jones’ fifth release since 2000 and it’s apparent this hot-shot guitar slinger who is entering his mid-20s is into the Blues for the long run. Jones’ rise to a top purveyor is given further weight by the enthusiastic participation of guitar legends Junior Watson and Charlie Baty, they appear on six tracks, marking the first time these sensational player have appeared together for the first time. Let’s not forget the tandem of renowned rhythm section of Larry Taylor and Richard Innes (they appear on eight tracks) with a combined resume reading like a textbook of modern blues. Jones culls an authoritative and fat tone from his axe and even the casual listener will hear such influences as Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Magic Sam, T-Bone Walker and B.B. King.
Things get off to a wild start on "Double-eyed Whammy," where the three axe-men get to trade solos and licks with classy improvisations. No-holds barred, driving blues holds true for most of the rest with JW handling the guitar monopoly on the next three tracks and the excitement doesn’t diminish for a second. "Can’t Play A Playboy" gives notice that JW Jones belong with the elite guitar players in the blues world. "Mad About You" is a full-throttle, West Coast swing at its very best while "Wasted Life" has a cool, laid-back vibe that’s suggests that Jones has a jazzy heart as well. The best three-way guitar interplay between Jones, Baty and Watson is heard on the jazz-meets-bop rumblings of "Heavy Dosage." Rave on brother!
Full congratulations to Jones and Frank Scanga for cool horn arrangements on several selections, including "That’s Wrong Little Mama" and especially "The Doctor." Those brisk eastern Ontario winters obviously the horn section name: The Wind-Chill Factor Horns. JW Jones has been eliciting favorable comparisons to Colin James, Canada’s leading protagonist on the world’s blue stages. Based on Bluelisted, one can expect, in short order, for Jones to catapult to similar prominence.