To Usher in the New Year, the Jumpin Jack Benny Blues Band hit the stage with “Big Woman Blues” “I Like The Feelin” and You Got Yours, I Got Mine”. The leader sang and played harp with feeling, giving the program variety that ranged from James Brown to Muddy Waters and B.B.King. Of course Jumpin Jack Benny kept things animated with his moves and he brought in the midnight hour with class.                                                                             -Southland Blues Live Review...

 


 

• There is no doubt in my mind, this cat has a little bit baptist, a little James Brown, and a dash of Sinatra in his blood. What a showman! The dual tambourines are a brilliant touch. We're gonna see alot more from this band (I hope), keep 'em coming....we want more! -Tanberardino, YOU TUBE ....

 


• The most underrated and underappreciated talent in the blues scene, Jumpin' Jack Benny rocks a house like no one else. It is common for bands to give up their headlining spots so they don't have to follow this powerhouse funky blues master. 
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JUMPIN JACK BENNY/I'll Be Alright/Boppin Records:
Known for his raucous, high-energy live shows, bandleader Jumpin’ Jack Benny has captured the feel of his shows onto his debut release for Boppin Records, “I’ll Be Alright.”  A killer vocalist and harpman, he incorporates elements of the old-school R & B revues of the Sixties with the gritty sounds of today’s contemporary blues.  Throughout these eleven cuts, the urge to dance is a constant, as Jack’s showmanship is augmented by his stellar backing crew, which uses a hot horn section on several cuts.

 This non-stop funk brigade kicks off with “I Don’t Believe,” with its call-and-response harp/guitar interplay between Jack and Tony Fingers.  An extended guitar intro jumpstarts “Mean Woman Blues,” which may bring to mind classic SRV.  The set closes with two smokin’ live cuts.  The “funky blues” of “One More Song” has several factors trying to disrupt Jack’s gig, but he’s determined to get in that last encore!  And, the swingin’, horn-driven “You Got Yours, I Got Mine” gives everyone a chance to show their stuff.

 We had two favorites, too.  Jack’s lover “took time out” to take care of things at home, and now is ready to “Take Time Out And Hear Me Some Blues.’  And, the hilarious slow-cookin’ “Big Woman Blues” lets you know the kind of woman it takes to please Jack, and the harp and slide work takes this one right down thru the Delta.

Jumpin’ Jack Benny has been described as “one part James Brown, one part Baptist preacher, and one part Sinatra.”  So, decide for yourself while you enjoy “I’ll Be Alright!”   Until next time,
                                                        -Sheryl and Don Crow, NASHVILLE BLUES SOCIETY.
  


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JUMPIN JACK BENNY/I'll Be Alright/Boppin Records:
This steamroller of a rocking blues band gets major points for coming out on the good foot with enviably named guitarist Tony Fingers igniting Ronnie Earl’s “I Don’t Believe” with some searing Albert King-flavored licks. The band is led by vocalist/harmonica player BennyCortez, who is nevertheless wise enough to let Fingers be instrumental point man.The two work well together instrumentally and as a songwriting team too.
Originals like “Tell Me Please” may
remind you of “Let It Bleed”-era Stones but also of Mitch Ryder’s band Detroit, which featured the dynamic guitar duo of Dick Wagnerand Steve Hunter. In that one or “Let Your Love Go,” there’s the post-psychedelic influence of groups like the J. Geils Band and Z. Z. Top, the “back to the boogie” biker rock that boomed in the last days of big city ballrooms like the Fillmores East and West and Detroit’s Eastown Theatre and Grande Ballroom.
The sound is unadorned. Often the best
guitar effects are the ones you don’t notice are there. Like Albert King and disciples like Jimmie Vaughan, Fingers is of the “less is more” school when it comes to effects. This means that when he rips through “I’ll Be Alright,” the guitar sounds like a guitar. That works extremely well on “Mean Woman Blues,” a Santana-meets-Allmans jam on which Fingers channels Jimmie’s little brother, Stevie, on guitar while Cortez’ does the same with the vocals.
In many ways this disc is a throwback to the days when artists made their big dough from performing and their
records served to entice fans to come to their live shows. With this one, Jumpin’Jack Benny should give a lot of folks the itch to do the same.
                                                                                             – RA, VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE...

 

  • JUMPIN JACK BENNY/I'll Be Alright/Boppin Records:
    Most of the cats on here have Hispanic names so how can I call this first class white boy blues? I don't know what to call it without offending someone so let's just say this kicks ass. A first class roadhouse, rollicking blues show band, this crew ain't afraid to turn up the heat and sweat. A real sizzler, this is fun stuff that contemporary blues fans who don't like to go into bad neighborhoods need to give a listen to. Not traditional, not radical, just a real party that just don't quit.
                                                                                                     -MIDWEST RECORD REVIEW

    •  If you haven't seen Benny live you are missing out on a good thing!!! :) We hired him for our wedding, it was incredible!!!!!
                                                                                                      -Cactusmike11, YOU TUBE...

    You cant help but wanna get up and dance when Jumpin Jack Benny is playing! His energy is contagious! -Danielle55, YOU TUBE...

    Love this guy! Been following him for about eight years now. We also hired him for my niece's Birthday Party a few years ago. You just have to see him live if you haven't  -Avonlulu, YOU TUBE...

    PEOPLE! You have to see Benny live!!! He puts out a great show!   -Mannygonz1, YOU TUBE...

  JUMPIN JACK BENNY/I'll Be Alright/Boppin Records:
As the first CD can count. Jumpin Jack Benny Cortez and his soul mates Tony "Fingers" (guitar), Mike Stover (bass), Kirk Nelson (keyboards) and Steve Roybal (drums) are renowned for their live act. There is often a comparison with James Brown, and when you see him doing on Youtube, then we know where trouble in the band's name has come. Now, not only in his motion like Benny Cortez on the soul legend, but also the intensity in his singing. However, the CD quite varied in terms of musical genres: a bit of soul and funk, blues, rock and even swing. They say they found it even inspiration from artists like Koko Taylor, Walter LITTLE, James Brown, Paul Butterfield, Freddie King and SRV Only the last two songs are live tracks, but you really live feeling that the whole CD. Fresh, with great guitar solos never too long, for example, and the rhythm section a great intro to "Tell Me Please". I think the keyboards anyway as an enrichment course the harmonica Benny himself. The songs for me shoot out his "Mean Woman Blues" with a great organ, "Big Woman Blues" which he clearly shows his preference appear in the text, and "You Got Yours, I Got Mine". Live band, this extremely strong for the day. Maybe a tip. -JePe BEAL STREAT

   JUMPIN JACK BENNY/I'll Be Alright/Boppin Records:
Jumpin' Jack Benny (Benny Cortez tae his mammy) certainly lives up to his 'entertainer extraordinaire' billing on this thoroughly delightful record. It's a throwback to things like the Johnny Otis Show, but with some added funk''n'gritz. As good a moothie player as he is a singer, he's got a red hot band backing him up in the shape of guitarist Tony "Fingers" Naranjo, Mike Stover on bass, Steve Roybal on drums and Kirk Nelson on keyboards. Actually, now that I think about it, his raucous high energy rockin' blues takes me back to the days when the J Geils Band were the hottest band on the planet.

The record is chock full of delights, including 'I Don't Believe', 'You Got Yours, I Got Mine' and my particular favourite, 'Mean Woman Blues'. But there isn't really a duff track to be found, with only the big ballad 'Big Woman Blues' not quite working for me. The guitar work is of a ridiculously high standard throughout, as the hot stew of rock, blues, soul and funk blows your blues away.

You can tell that they're influenced by the likes of Koko Taylor, Little Walter, Paul Butterfield, Freddie King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, but they more than make their own mark on this high octane set. The material is almost an even split between band originals and covers from the likes of Ronnie Earl, Brother Red, Koko Taylor and Little Milton, and it's recommendation enough that you can't see the join.
                                                                                                  -Zietgeist, THE ROCKER ZINE, UK

 

 

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