NU_OPEN
You are here:Home>CD Reviews>Traditional / New Orleans - CD Reviews>Jon Cleary And The Absolute Monster Gentleman by Jon Cleary And The Absolute Monster Gentleman

Jon Cleary And The Absolute Monster Gentleman by Jon Cleary And The Absolute Monster Gentleman

This Jon Cleary fella is a shameless purveyor of New Orleans funk, a Captain of the cruise ship S.S. Get Down, a man in whose past lurks the sobriquet "Jellyroll" or "88 Fingers." He's a chap with a robust yet tasteful dexterity over piano, bass, guitar, organ, dobro, mandolin and his delicately yowling, hearty salt-of-the-earth voice (that resembles the late Lowell George, pre-cola-commercial Robert Palmer and a less raspy, more urbane Gregg Allman). He calls his band The Absolute Monster Gentleman with pride - as well he should, because they bring a gentlemanly, Saturday night swagger to their well-oiled, slinky-sexy, jazz-charged, old school funk-oriented, smooth-without-being-slick cross betwixt The Meters/Neville Brothers, Dr. John and Lowell George-era Little Feat. The great Bonnie Raitt stops by to lend her classy slide guitar to one tune and to sing a bit here ‘n’ there. But this is Cleary & co.’s show all the way: a program of easygoin’-but-not-mellow goodtime tunes from the funky side of the N.O. tracks that maintains a high level of craft and musicianship throughout. If you can afford a trip to where they filmed ‘The Big Easy,’ this’d be a nice consolation prize.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jon Cleary And The Absolute Monster Gentleman
  • CD Title: Jon Cleary And The Absolute Monster Gentleman
  • Genre: Traditional / New Orleans
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Basin Street Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
Login to post comments