Jimmy Haslip’s dream for Jing Chi
is: bringing this group of musicians to a harder edge than their first recordings, leading them into another level of progression in composition and playing.
Boldly beginning this album with Colonel Panic,
in the Jimi Hendrix Experience
tradition, this song is an original collaboration from the artists performing it. A strong guitar existence backed by heavy bass and drums creates a high energy down to the bone.
"This song sets the mood and gets the audience ready for what’s to follow," says producer, writer, and collaborator, Haslip.Chi Town
has a strong percussive backing for the wide range of Ford’s guitar.
A more sedate, yet rich sound with longer notes and a rolling guitar highlights Move On.
Low-end grooves and high-end peaks set the tone for Hidden Treasure
, as Golding’s organ leads intermittently.
Influenced by King Crimson and Led Zeppelin, Time Is A Magazine
Robben shows off his spectacular wah-wah guitar work as Haslip does a spirited solo of his own.Mezzanine Blues
showcases Robben’s slip and slide along the strings, accompanied by Haslip’s inventive bass.
Ford’s own Blues Alley
is a slinky smooth piece of guitar work, infused with Goldings’ B-3, giving it additional depth to the slide. Colaiuta has impeccable timing on drums keeping all forces strong.
Vocalist Robert Cray steps up with his guitar on It’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine,
creating peppy riffs and deep runs for his blues rich rendition of Blind Willie Johnson’s song from 1927. Cray caresses every note with his bluesy voice.Tangled Up
closes the album with as much energy as it began.
Vinnie Colaiuta, Robben Ford and Jimmy Haslip bring Jing Chi
into the third dimension with their combined structure and inspiration from the all time greats:
Appropriately named Jing Chi
, meaning Life Forces in Chinese, this album is a flow of energy, mixed with blues, rhythm and a soul Haslip brings to all his works.
Fans who heard the first and second recording from this group of musicians were lined up at the door, waiting for Jing Chi
to be released on June 29.
Before this album hit the stores, some on-line sellers were already sold out!
Influenced by Jimi Hendrix, the Cream, Grand Funk Railroad, Led Zeppelin and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the musicians on Jing Chi
promise a pleasant ride filled with energy, soul and spunk.