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Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 8, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: March 8, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Basin Street Records
  • ASIN: B0000640NO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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By SFGirl on November 17, 2002
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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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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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How is it I never heard of Jon Cleary before the PBS Toussaint special? His musicianship, his voice, his 100% emotional commitment to the music he's playing as well as the words he's singing are stunning, nothing less. All the times I've been to New Orleans, and (evidently) had a chance to see this man perform and I didn't even know what I was missing. I'm kicking my own ass.

I have several serious favorites here, but "When You Get Back" just knocks me right down every time. After I listened to this album just once, I came back to Amazon to order another of his, Occapella. Can't wait to get it, but will enjoy JC and the AMG over and over again. The sense of a wonderful new music discovery - I feel like I just heard The Beatles that first time on Ed Sullivan!

And a rhetorical question: How is it that so many Brits surpass so many Americans at our own music? I don't really care why, I'm just glad Jon Cleary is here to share what he feels and so brilliantly expresses about New Orleans.
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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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You have to like this stuff, but if you do, there's none better. On second thought, if you don't like this stuff, get this album anyway and keep listening until you DO like this stuff. You'll be a better person for it. Top notch.
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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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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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