Sunday, January 3, 2010

Buddaheads Mumbo Jumbo

Alan Mirikitani, A.k.a. BB Chung King, is an L.A. legend on the electric guitar and the leader of one of L.A.'s most famous bands, The Buddaheads. A complete master of rock, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, and pop, there are few who have ever played with his confidence, mastery, and impeccable taste. Guitar playing, however, is only a small part of his talent. He is also a commanding singer, a world-class song writer, having written for Shamekia Copeland, Curtis Salgado, Ruth Brown, Bettye Lavette, and many others, an accomplished producer, a brilliant arranger, and if that's not enough, a highly sought after engineer. Only DaVinci was as well-rounded. It is no surprise then, that his newest album, MUMBO JUMBO, combines all aspects of his immense talent and may very well become a classic of the genre.
Mirikitani's collection of 14 essentially guitar-driven compositions, give him plenty of room to shock, rock, and amaze with the intensity with his playing and the emotion in his voice. The songs are all extremely well-written with great melodies and hooks. In addition, they have a directness and simplicity, with lyrics that paint colorful pictures and evoke heartfelt emotions, from pain to joy, from the blues to raw, aggressive party time feel and ends with a soft love-filled ode to his youngest son, William. Mirikitani is backed on Mumbo Jumbo by Lee Spath on drums, Boyd Lefan on electric bass and also gets a little help from some very classy friends.

1.All Night Long 2.Mumbo Jumbo 3.Hurricane 4.Hold On 5.For to Long 6.Wine, Women & Workin' 7.Mood For Love 8.Tupelo Honey 9.Show Down 10.Amen 11.Sooner or Later 12.Jeff & His Little Buddies 13.Don't Cry


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