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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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Friday, Jul 19, 2019


MUSIC

FREE CONCERT - THE GREEN PLANET at THOMAS SWEET ICE CREAM in PRINCETON @ THOMAS SWEET ICE CREAM, , Princeton - 7:00pm

The Boy Band Project @ Avenel Performing Arts Center, Avenel - 8:00pm

KIDZ BOP World Tour 2019 @ BB&T Pavilion, Camden - 7:00pm

The National Theatre: Hamlet @ Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 7:00pm


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Big Fish the Musical @ Barn Theatre, Montville - 7:30pm

Legally Blonde, the musical @ Hamilton Stage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 7:30pm

Ragtime, The Musical @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 8:00pm

Romeo & Juliet and Othello in Rep @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 8:00pm

OCC Repertory Theatre Company Presents: Into the Woods @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 7:30pm

The Wake @ Premiere Stages at Kean University - Bauer Boucher Theatre Center, Union - 8:00pm

Luna The Play @ Luna Stage, West Orange - 11:00am







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Billy Gardell @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 8:00pm


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Classic Film Series on 35mm: Forrest Gump @ Mainstage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm


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Disney's The Aristocats KIDS @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

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