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CD Review: JPAT - "Smile Goodbye To The Kings & Clowns"

By Gary Wien


JPAT is no longer a man of mystery, he's settled into the blues musician his voice has always beckoned him to be. Shortly before hopping on a plane to China, he recorded his first full-length CD of original blues tunes. The disc was recorded raw - usually in just a take or two - with just JPAT strumming guitar, blowing on his harp, and howling in the way nobody in Jersey has ever howled since Southside Johnny first hit the scene.

The seven tracks on the disc entitled, "Smile Goodbye To The Kings & Clowns" will bring you back to the golden age of blues, a period where the music was recorded simply as it was played. This, to me, is the way the blues should always sound. Raw.

JPAT weaves his way through an album that starts off with him calling his girl to "come back to the Jersey Shore" and then zigs and zags through a set which shows a new range of lyrical maturity in his lyrics. His words seem better, surer in themselves, in the blues form. JPAT has a knack for writing great chorus hooks and this record has several of them.

It may have taken him a long time to find his calling, but he's making up for lost time now. Before leaving for his two-month residency in a China bar, he was one of two bands to win the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Association's Battle of the Bands competition. His prize? He now gets to fly directly from China to Tennessee to play and help represent the JSJBF at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. He's literally hitchhiking across the world thanks to a voice that comes around once in a very long while. Thankfully, he's finally started to listen to what his voice has been saying all along.

Stand-out tracks include "The Dancer," "Come Back To The Jersey Shore", and "I Believe."





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Event calendar
Sunday, Feb 17, 2019


MUSIC

A NINA SIMONE TRIBUTE @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

Cherish the Ladies @ Stockton Performing Arts Center (StocktonPAC) in Galloway, Galloway - 2:00pm

SHANGHAI OPERA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 3:00pm

Red Velvet 2nd Concert [REDMARE] in USA @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 7:00pm

The Green Planet at Rockaway Mall ! @ Rockaway Mall, Rockaway - 1:00pm


THEATRE

Angelina Ballerina The Musical @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 2:00pm

An Enemy Of The People @ Centenary Stage Company - Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 2:00pm

Ragtime @ Eagle Theatre, Hammonton - 3:00pm

My Very Own British Invasion @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 7:00pm

A Better Place To Be @ The Growing Stage: The Childrens Theatre of New Jersey, Netcong - 4:00pm

CHICAGO, THE MUSICAL @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 2:00pm

Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical @ George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick - 2:00pm and 7:00pm

MadMan, a solo show by Jake Robertson @ Class of 1970 Theatre, Whitman College, Princeton - 8:00pm

KICKING & SWEARING One-Act Festival (Programs A & B) @ Hamilton Stage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 2:00pm

Psychodrama @ Oakes Center, Summit - 2:00pm

SOLO FLIGHTS: Bicycle Face @ Passage Theatre Company, Trenton - 3:00pm

Roan at The Gates @ Luna Stage, West Orange - 3:00pm







FILM

DISNEY'S FROZEN SING-A-LONG @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 1:00pm and 4:00pm


KIDS

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 1:00pm and 4:00pm

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