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The Jimmy Zee Band / Press

“Gritty blues-rock with a funky bottom, nobody would be blamed for not guessing the band is based in Vancouver and rather thought it had southern roots. The greasiness and dirt comes from Zee’s gravelly vocals that recall Howlin’ Wolf/Captain Beefheart. At its most expansive, Ride’s Feels Alright To Me is driven by congas and chucka chucka rhythm guitar and punctuated by brass that takes it out of flat blues territory and into a more groove-oriented area. It should be mentioned that the cover of Rush’s Working Man reworks the song into a slow, moody blues and incidentally highlights the story.”

“RIDE 5/5 The follow up to 2010’s impressive Devil Take Me Down is a bruising, blistering slice of roadhouse blues heaven. This album sounds like a great Saturday night. There’s a great, swampy vibe to Ride, a little bit of downtown soul too. The groove on a song like Feels Alright To Me is so damn smooth you could just ride it all night long. As good as the previous album was, this is better. It feels more fully realized- not that Devil was tentative, but Jimmy Zee has the confidence here that can only come from having a terrific debut disc in his rear view mirror. Lots of great guitar work all over the place here, a great foundation from bassist Scott Tucker and drummer Elliot Polsky, and some tasty harp from my man Harpdog Brown. Ride is a greasy, swampy, nasty treat that’s hitting me right in the sweet spot.”

“Jimmy Zee is a natural entertainer and there aren’t a lot of those around. He also writes good songs, a skill that hasn’t left him here. Warner Music obviously noticed as well, making this one available across the country. Ride is more stylistically unified, often reminding me of the Omar & The Howlers brand of roadhouse blues. The title track opens the CD and it’s a good one: a grinding road song with atmospheric harp and guitars. “Devil Woman” is the obvious link to the previous album and it’s built on a killer groove. There are more ear-catching songs: “Feels Alright To Me” is a great slab of funk, “Working Man” is the song by Rush and it feels like Zee wrote it. “Get More” has a catchy hook played on acoustic slide. The highlights keep coming, with “Friend Of Mine”, “I Want To Live” & “Shot Of Whiskey” maintaining that all-important momentum.”

“The Vancouver music scene continues to capture that elusive Canadian feel to things while exhibiting plenty of that worldly who- knows-what that could be from anywhere. This new release from The Jimmy Zee Band is a case in point. Although they’ve been mislabelled as a blues band, they are much more with elements of funk, swamp-rock, R&B and jazz here and there. Ride is an enjoyable trip that takes on all the usual suspects: whiskey, evil women, trying to survive life on the road, etc. Happily things stay nice and fresh due to the expressively gritty vocal work by guitarist/frontman Jimmy Zee and the loose-limbed funky feel these guys put down with a perfect case in point being their dead-on run at Rush’s ‘Working Man.’ Recommended. –”

Rod Nicholson - Scene Magazine London Ontario

“Road house blues, with its fusion of funk, rock and blues, transcends all types of taste and appeals to a large audience. After several spins of Ride, I really couldn't find anything on this record that I didn't like. I was thrilled to hear fuzzed out harmonica on the opening track "Ride", and when Zee's vocals kicked in I immediately became a fan. They're gritty as sandpaper and powerful as a diesel engine. The guitar tones are tasteful and sweet on the ears, the beat is steady and danceable, and every note is played with just the perfect balance of nonchalance and purpose. This album comes across as completely natural, relaxed, and professional. ”

“Jimmy Zee's music comes straight from the heart and in this day and age of over produced pop sensations that seems like an increasingly rare thing indeed.”