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"Blues on Stage Review"

CD Review
Jeff Jolly
Raw Material
(2001 - Boff Music)
by Robert Murphy
Review date: May 2001

1999 KBA Award Winner
Achievement for Blues on the Internet
Presented by the Blues Foundation

"Raw Material" may be the title of this particular CD but by the sounds of the CD Jeff Jolly has plenty of raw material to work from. I like CD's that demonstrate a bands diversity, and this CD's twelve tracks certainly cover the spectrum from Byrds and Eagles style folk rock, to early Steppenwolf style rock and roll, to melodic blues, some heavy rock & roll, and a moody instrumental thrown in for good measure. Lots of diversity makes for an interesting musical experience.
The CD opens up with 'Be With You', a folk song with "Byrd's" style guitar, Dylan lyrics but with better singing. This is followed by 'Movin Out', a medium rocking number. 'Talk To Me' has some overtones of old "Steppenwolf" rock and roll throughout the song including the vocals. This song would be lots of fun in a club setting. 'She's Leaving' could be described as a slow blues ballad. This is not a grinding blues but more of a melodic blues with some tasty electric guitar riffs. 'The Ride' has an early "Eagles" country rock vibe to it, both vocally and musically. 'Living Without' is a solid heavy rocker. '#80' is a live studio track and another rocker. I assume it was a fun almost jam take in the studio but it has plenty of energy and is a fun song to listen to. 'Daddy's Girl' reaches back into "Chuck Berry" territory. and 'Last Call' is one of the most interesting songs on the CD, an instrumental with moody guitar, trumpet and keyboard work throughout.

Bottom Line: A wide ranging musical excursion with plenty of styles to choose from. Good production, musicianship and vocals. I liked the CD overall. I give it three stars.

Boff Music
P.O. Box 471625
San Francisco, CA 94147-1625

Guitar and vocals - Jeff Jolly
Bass - Gary Davidson
Drums - Danny Montgomery
Piano - Mike Emerson
B3 Organ - Howard Wales
Background Vocals - Twanna Turner, Flip


- Robert Murphy

"Album network Magazine"

The Album Network
Blues Corner
The Jeff Jolly Band, from San Francisco, have just released "The Runner" on their independent label, Boff Music, and are beginning to gain national attention. Their music is a mixture of blues, jazz and rock. Featuring Ike Turner's daughter, Twanna, on vocals and Howard Wales (who played on the Grateful Dead's American Beauty) on keys, "The Runner" is an album of diverse styles and quality musicianship. Already receiving airplay on KHUM/Eureka, CA and on KFOG/San Francisco's "Acoustic Sunrise," "The Runner" is an album that has a little something for everyone.

Suggested Tracks: "Lonely nights" ; "Mama Said."

matthew lawton

- Mathew Lawton

"Relix magazine"

RELIX Magazine
Issue 23-05 September/October - 1996

The Jeff Jolly Band's new CD, '"The Runner" (Boff), shows that the the band has an expansive blues-rock sound that encompasses many other styles effectively. The most immediately striking things about the disc are (Jolly's) fluid and inventive lead guitar work and his impressive original songs. While there's not a mediocre song among the 12, the best cuts are the straight-ahead rock of "Long Distance Love" with its sinewy lead lines, the jazzier sounding "A Believer" (with Zero's Martin Fierro on tenor sax) and the haunting instrumental "S.R.V. (We'll Miss You)", a tribute to the late Stevie Ray Vaughn.'
© 1996 RELIX Magazine
- Relix magazine

"Ontario Canada Press 2005"

Jeff Jolly Band

Do you want to rock? Or maybe you prefer some blues? How about some soul? Jeff Jolly got it all! Hooks, lines, chords and down home blues. This band can groove!! I really dig me some good music and this is the type of sound I'd find myself pumpin' in the summer baby...Jeff Jolly has definitely spent the better part of his years honing his craft. Beautifully crafted guitar licks and simple but wonderfully explicit lyrics bring the down home folk style deliveries exploding to your ears. A lazy guitar player he is not. This man can let loose some licks, be it on an acoustic or an electric axe, my man can make the guitar sing to you sweetly. I really appreciate true talent and a sense of when to and when not too take it overboard. The pockets are in the right spots and the riffs reverberate with a confidence I have not heard from many guitarists in my time! The Jeff Jolly band is a delight to the ears and a truly soulful experience.

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Standout Tracks: Big Sky, Mama Said, She's Leaving (All Good!!!)


- Catask Music & Entertainment


Three cds,"The Runner"."Raw Material" and
" Jeff Jolly Live".Streaming audio on
Airplay KFOG San Francisco,KHUM ferndale Ca
KPIG Santa Cruz.also staions in New York,Maryland,connetecut.

Radio staions wher the Jeff Jolly Band can be heard!


Feeling a bit camera shy


Jeff Jolly

Jeff grew up on a dead end street in Brooklyn NY.
At about the age of 9, after watching his Dad get dragged out of the house in a straight jacket by a Swat team over spousal abuse he quickly realized his life would be far from ordinary. That unexplained loss left Jeff searching for something to fill the gap. Watching his grandmother and sister one Christmas playing piano and entertaining the family, he found what he was looking for; Music! The music was it. Got a banjo for Christmas and started to play. First song he wrote was “You Can’t Play the Blues on a Banjo” and when Neil Young played in Manhattan he was so impressed with his performance he went out and got a guitar the next week. The neighborhood gang would bring what they called “The Bible” to their gatherings, singing while Jeff worked out every chord to the works of that book whose author was Bob Dylan. Jeff honed his skills at these “sacred” meetings, held in the public school parks and often brought to an abrupt halt by police raids called out by irritated neighbors who could take the serenading no more!
Jeff has traveled the country, writing songs, playing in the street for change and anywhere else he could find to express his life and love for music. When he hit San Francisco in 1994 the Jeff Jolly Band was created and his first CD was released entitled “The Runner”. The CD received airplay at KFOG Radio in San Francisco and in Northern California. It got rave reviews from such national trade magazines as Album Network and Relix Magazine. Since then, Jeff Jolly has released two more CD’s: “Raw Material” and “Jeff Jolly Live”, the latter being recorded in Paris, France at a ten-night packed house.
From California to New York to Europe, Jeff has opened for George Thorogood, Little Feat, David Crosby, Edgar Winter, Elvin Bishop, Bad Company, and many others. The band ranges from solo acoustic to 4 to ten players depending on the venue. They have played for ten to 5000 people who have enjoyed Jeff’s style and the unmistakable influences of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Hendrix, just to name a few.
Just good time Rock and roll! For more info and reviews see . Bookings: 415-346-2173