I heard “G-Fire” by guitarist Vernon Neilly for the
first time, I wasn’t sure what path he was taking musically.
After reviewing his resume and listening a couple more times to
G-Fire I begin to realize that VernonNeilly is
blessed with some very good skills as a guitarist as his cast of
players adds they’re complimenting touch to the blazing guitar licks
of Vernon Neilly.
Players: Vernon Neilly ~ Guitars and production, Kevin Chokan
~ Keyboards and trumpet, Morris O’Connor~ No Instrument Listed, Miguel Mega ~ Guitars, guests:
Juan Nelson ~ Saxophone on Moonlight, Rick Nelson ~
Piano solo on Flight To Ecstacy, Roger Smith ~ Piano Solo on Do
opening track “Flight To Ecstasy” starts out with rapid
conga beats’ soon thereafter burning rock guitar solos by Neilly
follows. This cut would make a nice alternative to the norm at smooth
radio to liven up things a bit.
Sunflower” by Freddie Hubbard falls into the second slot
by Neilly and his crew. It appears that Vernon is going
after the programmers at Clear Channel with this cut, it’s
smooth yet upbeat and very accessible.
up is this track called “Do Da” featuring keyboardist Roger
Smith, in all respect to Neilly and his crew I’m not
feelin’ this one. There’s way too much going on here, it’s too
syncopated in some ways and in other dimensions its way too loud
runs with deep rock inspired riffs in its bloodline. Apparently,
influenced by rock guitarist Neilly puts down some heavy-duty
love to be able to say that smooth radio would jump right on the next
track entitled “Moonlight In Paradise”, it has all the
right attributes to enhance the format. However, there’s a problem
here Vernon is playing some nasty solos complimented by his
sidemen, this might of course cause throw the focus groups of course
soulfully jams the electric acoustic on “B-Town” at the
sixth spot. This breezy tune is catchy in radio terms blending all the
right elements into one package.
Panz” turns up the heat with tight and funky beats accented by Kevin
Chokan’s enticing trumpet solos.
and the band slows things down a bit with “Rice N Beans”
featuring saxophonist Mauricio Fernandez, no it’s not your
typical slow jam but, Vernon and the crew puts a nice touch with tight
compliments the previous track in shapes and textures, it’s smooth
but not in a snooze way. The same goes for “Still Waiting”
as Vernon offers us another taste of his electric acoustic
and trumpeter Kevin Chokan adds his twist with Braun/Botti
like trumpet solos on Passin’ Thur, of course Vernon
again strokes the guitar with warmth and understanding of his
Blues” closes out this set of twelve selections, as the title
indicates the jam session is on its way with a heavy dose of rock
& roll additives.
by Vernon Neilly isn’t exactly my cup of tea musically; of
course, this doesn’t mean that Vernon and the band can’t
jam. If you’re into heavily, induced rock guitar solos blended into
the elements of contemporary /smooth jazz then I’ll say go for it.
I’m sure with the talent that Vernon Neilly and his crew
shoulder they can and will record anything that they desire, I’m
sure we’ll hear more from them in the future.