It's hard to believe Jones is only in his early 20s. Not only has he corralled Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds to produce and play on the album, as well as Colin James, but he's also able to lead a full big band through every number with apparent ease. While both James and Wilson do a formidable job, Jones is clearly the star of the album, and the excellent Ain't Gonna Lie and Shake That Mess demonstrate both his blues and rock sensibilities. The rest swings nicely, with the Wind-Chill Factor horn section adding a nice, full sound to the album.
JW-Jones launches My Kind Of Evil at the Silver Dollar Friday (May 14).