Sign Up Now | Log In

Member Login


Little Jonny and the Giants - We Got It Goin' On! (2013)

14-03-2014, 10:49
Music | Blues

Little Jonny and the Giants - We Got It Goin' On! (2013)

Artist: Little Jonny and the Giants
Title Of Album: We Got It Goin' On!
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: A Cornbread Record
Genre: Blues, West Coast Blues
Quality: Mp3 (covers)
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 56:37 Min
Total Size: 199 Mb


01. I Didn't Know
02. I Want You Bad
03. Not No More
04. Let's Rock
05. Worried
06. Hey Little Lee
07. Kiddeo
08. Wish I Was A River
09. Mellow Down Easy
10. I Wish That You Would Love Me
11. Trace Of You
12. Too Late Brother
13. Stop Putting Me On
14. Aka Daki Stomp

Jon Lawton - vocals, electric, acoustic & slide guitars
Aki Kumar - harmonica
Bob Welsh - piano
Kid Andersen - Hammond B-3, guitar
Bob James - tenor & baritone saxophone
Frankie Ramos - tenor saxophone
Vance Ehlers - upright & electric bass
Marty Dodson - drums

Before getting into this review I took a quick stroll through Little Jonny's website. It was there that I saw a blurb from Jonny that I found somewhat amusing. It seemed that he was quite excited that this CD, "We Got It Goin' On", had made Blues Junctions top 20 CDs of 2013 (thus far, anyway). However, what impressed him even more was the fact that The Giants were in a group that included Duke Robillard, Finis Tasby, Kim Wilson, Ronnie Earl, The Four Jacks, et al. Although appreciating and admiring his humbleness, I related that to the likes of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris getting excited to be in a group that included Duke Snider and Willie Mays. Get used to it Jonny, this talented bunch you've assembled belongs with those other guys.
"We Got It Goin' On" features Jon "Little Jonny" Lawton on vocals and guitar, Aki Kumar on harmonica, Bob Welsh on piano, Doug James on tenor & baritone saxophones, Frankie Ramos on tenor sax, Kid Anderson on B3 organ & guitar, Marty Dodson on drums, and Vance Ehlers on bass. A pair of the tracks are older live recordings that include Sid Morris on piano and another pair from a previous session include Frank DeRose on bass and Carlos Velasco on drums. The disc's fourteen tracks are an even split of Jon's originals and covers.
Right from the opening notes of the opening track, Howlin' Wolf's "I Didn't Know", the band immediately slips into the tightest of grooves. With steady horn arrangements and sharp piano highlights leading the massive rhythm behind them, Little Jonny on lead and Kid on rhythm guitars are absolutely awesome together. All that, with Jon's silky, smooth vocals make this one of the best.
"I Want You Bad" is another monster track loaded with lots of hot rhythm. This time it's Doug on baritone, Marty on the drums and Kid on the B3 organ causing all the fuss. Add in a few ripping piano leads from Bob, several nice tenor fills from Frankie and some smoking guitar riffs from Little Jonny and you've got back to back winners opening the disc.
"Not No More" makes it three in a row. This time the profound rhythm is led by Vance, very possibly being at discs best on bass. Aki and Bob get in a several harp and piano leads and Little Jonny's just nailing the hell out of it on guitar and vocals.
"No Other Man" is one of the two previously recorded tracks. It's also the discs slowest, lowdown and dirtiest blues track of the lot. That generally means slow, pain induced, melancholy vocals joined by scorching guitar leads that magnify the mood. And that's exactly what this one is. My kind of stuff, squared.
He may not have been the best harmonica player ever, but there's no one who can play the higher end of the harp as good as Jimmy Reed could. Yet, I'm sitting here listening to Aki come as close as I've ever heard on a song called "I Wish You Would Love Me". In spite of the precision instrumentation behind him and the outstanding vocals accompanying him, Aki runs away with this one.
"Stop Puttin' Me On" is the other of the songs recorded live at the Poorhouse Bistro back in 2006. Inasmuch as everyone backing him up is spot on, this one's all Jonny. It's done in that throwback style reminiscent of some fifties classics and Johhny nails it with his sentimental vocals and phenomenal guitar playing. Replays required.
So the harmonica player's name is Aki and this song - which is written by him - is an instrumental called "The Aki Daki Stomp". Are you getting my drift? It's a hot shuffle with solid rhythm and everyone getting in a good share of instrumental leads... especially the harmonica player.
Other tracks on "We Got It Goin' On" include: "Let's Rock", "Worried", "Hey Little Lee", "Kiddio", "Mellow Down Easy", "Trace Of You" and "Stop Puttin' Me On".
You can check out Little Jonny And The Giants by going to If you're a baby boomer, not only will some of the graphics put a smile on your face, but they'll quickly give you an idea of just how long Jonny's been into the music scene. While you're there, please tell Jonny the Blewzzman sent you. (Peter "Blewzzman" LauroBlues Editor)

Tired of advertising and pop-ups? Join Now on IsraBox
Register on IsraBox allows you to access to the full resources. You can see torrent links, leave your comments, see hidden text, minimum advertising (no pop-ups), ask for supports and much more.

  • 100
1 voted

nrwsps   User offline   22 March 2014 11:20


  • Dislike
  • 0
  • Like


Users of are not allowed to comment this publication.