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Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen

Jon ClearyAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 7, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Basin Street Records
  • ASIN: B0000640NO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New- New Orleans Funk May 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to New Orleans Funk for 3 decades & traveling to Jazzfest since 1990, and have heard a LOT of N.O. funk. Cleary performs and writes for Bonnie Raitt, and has a wonderful ear for arranging. This CD is very diverse in its musical jendre but still draws you to listen over and over - I've had it in my car's player for weeks at a time. It is the BEST - and just a little askew of what we commonly hear as N.O. Funk. Cleary's a fabulous songwriter and a creative arranger of 'old standards' such as "Just Kissed My Baby." This is definitely one of my top 10 CD's I own.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funk and Groovin' New Orleans Style May 7, 2003
By rizabiz
Format:Audio CD
Not the George Clinton and P-funk kind of funk music but in a funky groove all of its own. Cleary (originally a Brit now adopted by New Orleans) gives this album a distinct New Orleanian flavor and passion with a cruising kind a funk---meaning that you can listen to it in your car to jam, at cocktail hour, at a club or even jazzfest. The best part of this CD is that I didn't feel the need to say---he was better live. It's just that good!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TIGHT FUNK November 17, 2002
By SFGirl
Format:Audio CD
The cuts on this CD are smooth and tight, with heavy bass, great vocals and lyrics, and amazing, SERIOUS grooves. Mr. Cleary and his crew encapsulate the New Orleans vibe with their high energy, excellent musicianship, and soulful expression of funk. I've enjoyed this CD for months, and all the tracks always sound fresh and lifting. An overall high-quality collection, this has become one of my favorites.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Hipper January 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD a few months back, and it is, without a doubt, one of the funkiest things I have ever heard. I listen to it at least once a day, and the cover of the Meters tune "Just Kissed My Baby" is worth the price of the CD alone. Cleary is a master, and the Monster Gentlemen live up to their name, and then some. I love the CD so much, it brought me out of retirement as a keyboard player. Every single person who has heard me playing this CD has asked me about it. I work in a bar, and put it in the CD player one night, and every head in the place was bobbing, and I even got requests for repeat plays. You cannot go wrong with this CD!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen June 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I first saw Jon and his band during the current Bonnie Raitt tour. They were the warm-up band. These guys blew me away. It's hard to believe Jon is English because his song have the Big Easy, N'Awlins sound down pat. They're funky and jazzy at the same time with a bit of the blues mixed in. Jon and his band should be going places in a big hurry with their musicianship and great songs. Get this CD but more importantly see this band live (and support all live music).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Graitt, Funky, Piano master! February 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a great funky groove start to finish by a guy and his band that is
only getting better. Its great to see him with Bonnie Raitt
on tour and as her keyboard player. He just brings out the best
in so much of Bonnie's newer stuff. He is by far the most funky
keyboard player I've heard in a long, long time. I love this new collection!!
See this guy LIVE whenever you can!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly great! July 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
No need to repeat all of the observations from other reviewers regarding the musical prowess of the musicians...what a great disc. The ONLY thing that might have enhanced the arrangements would be Tower of Power horns on a couple of these tunes (but I'm not's wonderful just like it is).
I WOULD like to add that the recording itself is great. It's so nice to hear non-digital, non-sampled instruments, using microphones and preamps to capture non-sequenced, "breathing", alive performances and translating it onto what sounds like an analog recording (but is not according to the DDD on the back cover). There is an occasional bit of processing (FX-wise), but it is never dominant, and only enhances...doesn't detract (which will make for a recording that will have a more timeless appeal than one that is overprocessed). The mix on almost every song is just right...detail in the drums, fullness in the bass, vocals in the right perspective. This is one of those recordings that would be great to "demo" your audio system with. I will buy additional copies to share with discerning ears, attached to good friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All That June 25, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Harry Shearer played a song from this album on his radio show, "Le Show" recently and hearing just that was enough for me to pick up this cd. In the liner notes, Jon Cleary states "To have the fonkiest band in a city that's renowned for having the fonkiest bands in the world is a rare privilege." Bragging? Not if you can back it up, and this band does just that, laying out some of the freshest, tightest, groove-driven FONK that I've heard come out of the Crescent City in quite some time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr New Orleans
Jon Cleary, an Englishman!, has the heart of the real N.O. in his pocket. And his "gang" are guys who would play for no money if they had to; thank God they don't. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bob T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
New Orleans Funk at its best!!!! Great selection of tunes performed by one of New Orleans' best! Get it if you dig New Orleans music...
Published 9 months ago by Steve Ehrmann
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost but not quite
I really, really want to like this album. JC has the chops and I have enjoyed him backing Bonnie Raitt. This offering smolders, but never quite catches fire. Read more
Published 17 months ago by M. Seltzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service
Item as described and arrived as expected. Would recommend this vendor, very professional and efficient. Very good service and product.
Published 21 months ago by Arlene V Seitsinger
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good ....but
Like Cleary a lot and the CD is certainly worth having. BUT the CD version of my favorite song, "When you get Back" is not nearly as good as the live version on youtube. Read more
Published on September 26, 2012 by Donald F. Lessnau
4.0 out of 5 stars Blues with Rhythm
There is Rhythm and there is Blues. Jon Cleary has an instinct for merging both with passion and power.
An underrated highly talented performer.
Published on October 29, 2010 by Tonks
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best funk tune I've heard
The 8:00 minute cut "Just Kissed My Baby" alone merits purchase of this recording. The sidegentlemen are amazing and bring out a strong vocal performance from Jon. WARNING! Read more
Published on May 17, 2009 by D. Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Get to know Jon with this one
My son gave me this album after catching Jon live in New Orleans. He knew I'd like it. He knows me well. It is some of the most infectious funky tunes you'll hear. Read more
Published on November 8, 2008 by J. Moody
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best kept secrets in music today...
I first heard Jon & the AMG one Saturday night at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday in Clearwater, FL. They came on just after a particularly uninteresting straight-ahead jazz trio had... Read more
Published on November 21, 2006 by Mark Hall
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