CD Review – Gerry Jablonski and the Electric Band – Life at Captain Tom’s
Fat Hippy Records – FH56 GJCD2
8 out of 10
The guitarist, singer and songwriter Gerry Jablonski has released an album of superior blues rock on ‘Life at Captain Tom’s’.
As well as the obvious blues influences, the album contains traces of early Traffic, and Paul Weller in ‘When the Fire is Gone’ and Free on the tribute song ‘Koss’. Swing influences are shown on ‘Getting Better’ whilst Slide guitar and a bedding of acoustic guitar adds an ethereal sheen to the narrative tale of ‘Virgil Cane’.
The level of musicianship is top notch with Jablonski’s distinctive virtuoso solo matched by the complicated rhythms of drummer David Innes, bassist Grigor Leslie and Hammond Organ player Paul Emerson, whilst a lot of the soloing time is well spent by Harmonica Peter Narojczyk.
All of the songs are originals, and although some borrowing of ideas is evident, the group know enough to hide it behind good ideas of their own. The band is gaining a reputation on the live circuit, and if this release is anything to go by, they should be a popular draw the next time they head out on the road.