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Jamie Bonk — Necessity

Jan. 1, 2012

The new album, Necessity, from talented guitarist Jamie Bonk has that smooth, soothing, and unobtrusive feel you might get from a certain Acoustic Alchemy tune in many ways.

That said, there is more of a country/light southern rock slant than you’d hear from AA, but it’s not a slant that should make most uncomfortable.Jamie Bonk

The melodies here are also catchy and often caressing in that Allman Brothers Band “Blue Sky” kind of way (if you’re aware of that iconic southern rock band, you’ll get my analogy), and the tracks aren’t overly lengthy. Bonk gets in with his musical delivery and “message,” then gets out.

The opening track, “Backbone,” has a lot of spark and presence, probably a bit more than the rest of the album, I’d dare to say. It’s a nice way to open the album, nonetheless.

There is an obvious reason why I place this in our newly resurrected Slight Detour section, and you’ll hear it the moment you play this release. While not exclusively smooth or contemporary jazz, it has a level of substance and musicianship that one can appreciate.

No, there are no funky bass lines, no sassy horns, no fired-up guitar or keyboard work, no sweaty, driving rhythms, and no impassioned vocals here on Necessity. What there is, however, is solid, purposeful playing and cool melodies, no matter how you may wish to pigeonhole the project.   Nice and light. Something we all could use every now and again. Something that may well be a necessity for the tightly wound lives that most of us live. – Ronald Jackson