New Jersey native John Ginty’s colorful keyboard stylings have graced the grooves of albums by Jewel, The Dixie Chicks, The Court Yard Hounds, Todd Wolfe, and Santana, just to scratch the surface. And, he received two Grammy nominations as an original member of Robert Randolph’s Family Band. Many of John’s musical friends have joined him on his latest CD for American Showplace Music, entitled “Bad News Travels,” which consists of ten of John’s originals that showcase his genre’-bending, unique sounds on all types of keyboards.
The cuts also show the eclectic nature of John’s talents. As we listened, there is the obvious Allman Brothers influence, but one can also hear elements of Chuck Leavell, Reese Wynans, Ray Charles, and jazz giant Jimmy Smith in John’s playing. The set opens with old friend Albert Castiglia adding guitar to “The Quirk,” a fine, bluesy jam. A sweet, acoustic piano intro gives way to a fiery organ assault in “Mirrors,” with Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule adding the guitar that gives this jam a cool, Santana-esque vibe throughout. Brooklyn’s Alecia Chakour turns in a very soulful vocal on “Seven And The Spirit,” and, coupled with John’s spirited playing, turns the whole thing into an old-school, Southern-rock throwdown. Martie Maguire adds a jazzy fiddle to the tripped-out hoedown that is “Rock Ridge,” while John closes the set with a sanctified, soul-stirring return to his Family Band days with the rousing “Trinity,” featuring guitar from Cris Jacobs.
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