The J & F Band - Me and the Devil CD
"ME AND THE DEVIL is an exhilarating effort of musicians at the height of inspiration, with the percussion sound of Jaimoe and Tiziano Tononi, the edgy guitar of David Grissom and impressive stylistic adventures. A large ensemble capable of moving in all musical directions. (funk, soul, southern-rock, rock-blues, jazz, free, avant-garde)....
...Pure magic due to the greatness of the musicians, the constant changes in mood, sound and who have created an incredibly attractive, powerful, sublime and multi-faceted lineup like the J. & F. Band. Jazz, rock and improvised music as in a torrent in flood, where the songs spring from the connection and synergy of so different but absolutely complementary musicians..
..A great record, an Italian project and production to be proud. For the record to enter your veins and ears: please Play It Very Loud!" (Aldo Pedron - Offtopic Magazine)
"..This music does beg to be heard at high volume. Each new release adds musicians and tweaks the blues/rock/funk/jazz formula, making THE J. & F. BAND PERHAPS THE (wait for it) OUT-AND-OUT GREATEST PARTY BAND ALIVE.." 4 STARS **** , ALLABOUTJAZZ.COM
The J.&F. Band, already hailed by some as "the blues version of the Sun Ra Arkestra", returns with the third incredible chapter of its musical history, "Me and The Devil" and thus closes an ideal trilogy where it has increasingly expanded its creative journey through many genres and styles, the result of a passion and musical vision now without limits.
"... Atmospherical intros? Super funky grooves? Extended improvisations mixed up with great vocal parts? Yeah! You're in the right place, you're gonna find everything you need right here, in J&F Band's third chapter! "Me And The Devil" is the musical melting pot in which Funk meets Blues, where the spirit of John Gilmore from the Sun Ra Arkestra encounters the ghost of Gil Scott-Heron... with the incredibile guitars of David Grissom (Joe Ely, John Mellencamp and many others), Bobby Lee Rodgers (Codetalkers with Colonel Bruce Hampton) and Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman Band, Little Feat); the super high-energy rhythm section of Jaimoe (legendary Allman Bros drummer), Joe Fonda (jazz bass giant) and Tiziano Tononi (explosive and revered drummer); the crazy keyboards of Pee Wee Durante (funky keys master); the tight violin /tenor sax duo section of Emanuele Parrini (the best jazz violin player on the scene. period.) and Jon Irabagon (fantastic and versatile player from NY). It's not for everybody: for STRONG HEARTS only! AND - AS ALWAYS - REMEMBER TO... PLAY IT VERY LOUD!"