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Back in May of this year we did an article on crowdfunding for jazz musicians. While researching this article I discovered a great project running on Kickstarter from the Philadelphia based band The Jost Project. The band was indeed successful in their campaign and the CD came out last week on the US based label Dot Time Records. 

The Jost Project consisting of Paul Jost : vocals, Tony Miceli : Vibes, Kevin MacConnell : Bass and Charlie Patierno : Drums have adopted the slogan “Classic Rock in a Jazz Format” and their debut CD Can’t find my way home” is exactly that. The CD includes their take on such classics as “Walk this way” from Areosmith, “In a Gadda da Vida” from Blind Faith and “Kashmir” from Led Zeppelin to mention just a few. This CD had a huge curiosity factor for me as the concept has been tried many times by other bands with what I consider to be limited success. This is without any doubt NOT the case with The Jost Project, the arrangements are highly creative and well crafted, the performances are outstanding and the recording quality is superb.

The CD opens with “Walk This way”, the classic Areosmith hit from 1975. The signature guitar riff is taken by bassist Kevin MacConnell displaying great technique with the bow and setting the scene for Paul Jost’s tasteful scat solo and Tony Miceli’s vibes solo proving you don’t need changes to come up with a harmonically interesting solo. The bands version of the Lennon and MacCartney classic “We can work it out” is one of the highlights of the CD for me, The arrangement is excellent putting the track firmly into jazz idiom while Paul Jost’s vocals reach out and grab your heart. Title track, Steve Winwood’s “Can’t find my home” features some great harmonica work from Paul Jost in one of the best versions of this track I have ever heard.

At the risk of alienating thousands of diehard Led Zeppelin fans, the bands version of “Kashmir” is as far as I am concerned one of the best tracks on the CD and adds a whole new dimension to the original. I am sure Jimmy Page and Robert Plant would love this version.

As you can guess form the above, I just love this CD, The Jost Project is without a doubt one of the most creative bands I have heard for years and vocalist Paul Jost one of the best male jazz vocalists that I have heard since Mark Murphy. In his biography you can see that Paul recently turned 60 which leads me to the question : How can it be that such a talent is not known worldwide? Hopefully this CD will lay the foundation to change this.

The Jost Project with Can’t Find My Way Home reinterpret rock classics in a jazz format however in doing so have created in my opinion classic jazz album in itself.

Johan van Deeg

Details:

Track Listing: Can’t Find My Way Home | Daydream | We can work it out | Can’t find my way home | Bridge over troubled water | Sunshine superman | Kashmir | Maybe I’m amazed | In a gadda da vida

Personal: Paul Jost, Vocal, Harmonica, Guitar | Tony Micely, vibes | Kevin MacConnell, Double Bass | Charlie Patierno, Drums

Artist Website: www.thejostproject.com

Label: Dot Time Records

Catalogue number: DTR9024

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