PhillyCheeze’s Rock & Blues Reviews: #560 > Jack’s Waterfall

 

2022 – M.C. Records

By Phillip Smith; June 25, 2022

Original source : phillycheezeblues.blogspot.com

 

American Roots Project is the latest release from Jack’s Waterfall, a
band which originated as The Water Street Blues Band, co-founded by pianist/vocalist
Jack Licitra and harpist Steve Demanchick in the 1990’s.  The ten tracks of music are all-original songs
written by Licitra and heavily steeped in New Orleans tradition.  The album quickly garnered my affection on
the first listen.  Along with Licitra
and Demanchick, Jack’s Waterfall is comprised of Mark
Carpentieri
(founder of M.C. Records) on drums, Trifon Dmitrov
on bass, and Rod Borrie on trombone. 

With the trickle of piano keys,
and a second-line beat, the opener “Louise” rolls out in a carefree stroll,
bringing a big smile to my face.
  Licitra’s polished vocals pull me right in. 
I love the vibrant NOLA barrelhouse mood and lyrical flow that gushes out
in “My Baby’s Gone a Long Time”.
 Lucitra
is a true master of song-writing.
  “Soul
Rider” is another that steals my heart.
 The soulful vocals are perfectly paired with a
brilliant piano performance.
 The funky
jam of “Community” reminds me of good times at
Phish concerts.  The song has been lodged in my brain for a
few days now.
  American Roots Project
wraps up in a glorious way with “Like an Eagle”.
  With the DNA of a strong Southern spiritual,
this celebratory song is most definitely a feel-good one.
   

This album is terrific from start to finish, and
leaves me wanting to hear more from
Jack’s Waterfall.   

For more information about Jack’s Waterfall visit this
website :  https://www.jackswaterfall.com

 

 

 

This terrific album is
available in the PhillyCheeze Amazon Store. 

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