Greasy New Orleans Blues
Cookin' In Old Grease, the latest CD from New Orleans bluesman Jeff Chaz ("The Bourbon Street Bluesman"), kicks off with "I Can't Get Lucky With You", a song which sets the tone for the CD with a couple of greasy slide solos. But the guitarist and vocalist is no one-trick pony, as the two fiery solos on "Instrument Of Pleasure" will attest - Chaz's knuckle-busting chops are always at the ready to send guitar fans into delirium. He's backed by a crack backup band as well; the funk on "I Smell Somethin' Funky" is expertly played, and will surely remind you of your last pass (or pass-out) down Bourbon Street. This is a CD full of good times, hot guitar work, a sense of humor and Chaz' vast musical experiences and background - don't wait until you're in New Orleans, contact Chaz today and pick yourself up a copy. Jeff Chaz was originally profiled in the February-March, 2005 edition of The Undiscovered.
Jeff has traveled and played the blues for many years! Originally from Creole, Louisiana, his travels finally brought him to the Home of the Blues, Memphis, Tennessee, where the favorite music of his formative years began. While in Memphis, Jeff won the first Beale Street Blues Society award, and played many festivals in the area. For a short time he toured playing guitar with rock n' roll great, Jerry Lee Lewis, and with the Blues Master, the late, great, Albert King, with whom he gigged briefly playing trombone in the horn section. According to Jeff, "Working with Albert greatly influenced my style, especially my string bending. He was the wildest at that I've ever seen, and a terrific vocalist. As far as entertaining, Jerry Lee taught me not to be afraid to do anything!" Jeff moved back to New Orleans in 1997. "The Louisiana dirt was calling me back" he states.
Chaz' unique style of blues incorporates the style of Memphis combined with the mixture of New Orleans rhythms. "It is Memphis barbecue meeting up with New Orleans gumbo," he quips.
P.O. Box 70346
New Orleans, LA 70172
Web site: www.jeffchaz.com
Relentless French Progressive Metal
Combining the best elements of bands such as Planet X, Dream Theater and Liquid Tension Experiment are the four members of the French progressive metal group Parallaxe. They submitted a six song, all instrumental demo CD-R with not a song under six minutes (the amazing "Indian" clocks in at over 17 minutes), and the solo tag team of Alex Andrini (guitar) and Matthieu Huck (keyboards) provide plenty of thrills as they jack up the intensity with their individual flights of fancy. Andrini is influenced by guitarists such as Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Ron Thal and Nuno Bettencourt, and he has taken all and rolled them into his personal style. Bassist Bea Amani and drummer Bruno Fellonneau round out the quartet, who are going to set some ears on fire once their full-length CD is realized. Parallaxe were originally profiled in the February-March, 2005 edition of The Undiscovered.
From the very beginning Parallaxe dedicated themselves to the process of creation and production of their six-track demo. The four musicians share the same vision for the music, and naturally find their compositions leaning to an instrumental progressive style. They have already been featured in numerous publications and had their demo reviewed on many web zines. Guitarist Andrini spent eight years teaching himself to play guitar, then spent two years at C.I.A.M (Bordeaux). He has been a guitarist in several rock bands over the years, and is currently working as a guitar teacher. Bassist Amani was also self-taught for seven years before joining various rock bands, and taking private lessons for two years with Jean-Louis Bisiacco (C.I.A.M).
Andrini and the band are currently working on new material for a new, full-length CD, and are still looking for a label.
5, Rue Segransan
Web site: www.parallaxe.org