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Jerry Jennings

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"Remarkably melodic performances from guitarist Jerry Jennings"

With his latest release Shortcut to the Center, Jerry Jennings has proven that he is the heir apparent to such guitar legends as Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and David Gilmour. While Jennings is technically proficient on his instrument, he clearly understands that tone and feel count for everything. Thankfully, this is not another guitar CD that is wall to wall shredding and noodling, but instead features remarkably melodic performances that touch the heart and soul of the listener. Jerry is ably backed by Bruce Spencer (drums), Marty Holland (bass) and Scott Reams (keyboards) who help him move smoothly and seamlessly through many different genres of music including blues, reggae, funk and jazz/fusion. The production duties were handled by guitarist Ronnie Montrose (who also contributed burning guitar trade-offs with Jerry on “One Blue Lady”). Highly recommended! - Tim Morse (Music News Network)

"Jerry Jennings - Signs of Humanity"

Recorded over a period of time following the release of his '92 album, "The Good Part of a Pencil", the 2001 CD "Signs of Humanity" finds guitarist Jerry Jennings painting from a wide palette of jazz-rock sounds and intelligently composed rock flavored instrumental stylings. Somewhat reminiscent of fusion king Steve Morse, Jennings is at his best when he combines multiple electric guitars with the sound of acoustic guitars. Accompanying the guitarist are a round of fine drummers and bassists. A CD for guitar fans of all persuasions, the nine track "Signs of Humanity" has a dramatic uplifting edge to it making it a very listenable album from start to finish. - 20th Century Guitar


1992 The Good Part of a Pencil
2001 Signs of Humanity
2006 Shortcut to the Center - Produced by Ronnie Montrose



Jerry Jennings’ energy on the guitar is reminiscent of many old school blues-rockers like Clapton, Beck, Farner, and Gilmore, yet Jerry reaches for the less traveled colors. While borrowing compositional elements from Chic Corea or maybe Weather Report, he goes for the more concise arrangements of a typical pop tune format, like Steely Dan. “My attention span is pretty short. I have somewhat of a pop mentality and admire an ability to distill many jazzy flavors into a simple verse-chorus-bridge format.”

On the latest album Shortcut to the Center (produced by rock legend Ronnie Montrose), Jerry has styles that range from classic fusion, to reggae, to melodic rock, and to a style that can only be called “dan”. Players on the album are Northern California’s finest. Bruce Spencer, regarded by many as Sacramento’s top call drummer, plays with an amazing feel on this album. Marty Holland, who has played bass with a huge list of people including Lydia Pence of Cold Blood, Bill Kreutzman of the Grateful Dead, Dave Garibaldi, Lenny Williams of Tower of Power, and currently plays with the Jerry Garcia Band. On keys, Scott Reams who is everyone’s go-to guy in the Sacramento area for great sax or keyboard tracks in the vein of rock, pop, jazz or funk.