Artist Review: The Jive Aces – “Diggin’ The Roots Volume 1 & 2” LPs

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Don’t just go back to your roots – dig them!

We’ve heard a lot of today’s takes on classic songs from many new age contemporary artists, as well as tribute bands and cover artists putting their own spin on yesterday’s hits from many calibers of genres with a fresh additive or two. Some do it well, some fall flat, and then there’s the few and far between gem that comes out swinging with the charms of both yesterday’s and today’s most influential eras wrapped up into one super tight package. That, my friends, is The Jive Aces.

This UK-based band are definitely not a bunch of randies by any means. Renowned worldwide for their high-energy spectacular showmanship, this elite group has garnered an enormous following from a combination of acclaims including their viral video for the track “Bring Me Sunshine” and for also being the first live band to reach the final rounds of “Britain’s Got Talent”. Since then, The Jive Aces have firmly established themselves as the UK’s No.1 Jive & Swing band, and show no indication of slowing down their momentum anytime soon.

So with a résumé like that, you know there has to be something of theirs worth putting on your playlist. And their 2-Volume LPs Diggin’ The Roots are shining examples of their tightly knit signature sound of songs we’ve all come to know and love over many, many years. Boasting into today’s production value while maintaining that old school influential charm, we get a more than solid performance on both records comprised of eclectically professional musicians that absolutely own their roles on every track to deliver a sound that not only resonates with the classic each song became long ago, but with a whole new realm of energy and technique that gets us to appreciate them all over again in a whole new way, in a whole new era.

Diggin’ The Roots is exactly as advertised. They are tracks that have brought on endless inspiration and appreciation among a majority of today’s prominent artists and are the roots to their stories. On The Jive Aces Volume 1 record, RockinRhythm & Blues, we get a tastefully blended album of 13 tracks with many flavorful additives. Classic tunes on Volume 1 include smash hits “Jump, Jive & Wail”, “Feelin’ Happy”, “I Want You To Be My Baby”, and many others of the same caliber. Led by lead vocalist Ian Clarkson, who also takes up roles on trumpet and ukulele, his clean and vibrant voice in the forefront of every song really solidifies the band’s approach. The right rhythm section really paves the way for the rest of the band, and really puts the proper backing behind Clarkson’s effective vocal takes and melody placements. With hot piano leads, an anthemic brass section and funky fiddles added to the mix, this fresh look at some of our favorite Rockin’ Rhythm & Blues tracks will definitely get you up off of your feet and own the dance floor.

On their Volume 2 record, Hot Jazz, we get the same Jive Aces vibe with their tight grasp on 13 more classic tunes that combine equal parts originality and familiarity, just like Volume 1. Staying true to form like the previous chapter of this 2-part release, we get an instrumentally versatile execution of fan favorites from the classic Jazz era that includes “Jeepers Creepers”, “On The Sunny Side Of The Street” and “It’s Been A Long, Long Time“. Both of these records absolutely compliment each other and bring a brand new timeless edge to every perfected measure. The showmanship factors are undeniable and one thing that screams from these releases are the words “INCREDIBLE LIVE SHOW”. Diggin’ The Roots really brings out each member’s musicianship abilities and when put together, collectively bring out a stick dynamite just ready to go off at every event they play. And their devoted fan base and successful career milestones reflect that. But one of the most notable things about The Jive Aces is their authenticity – there is no wacky autotune, no oversaturated production techniques, and absolutely no cheat methods whatsoever being used. This band can produce live exactly what they do in the studio, which is a rare thing in today’s digital age of music.

The Jive Aces are the breath of fresh air you’ve been needing for a long time. They are a standout of their caliber, and once you take a listen to both volumes of Diggin’ The Roots, you’ll see and hear exactly why they are the UK’s number 1 Jive & Swing band.

Connect with The Jive Aces:

•Link to Volume 1: http://jiveaces.com/album/518834/diggin-the-roots-vol-1-rockin-rhythm-blues

•Link to Volume 2: http://jiveaces.com/album/518835/diggin-the-roots-vol-2-hot-jazz

•Official Website: http://www.jiveaces.com

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Artist Spotlight: Denny Diamond

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

There have been a vast array of tribute acts and impressionists throughout the years, but none quite like Denny Diamond, a renowned award-winning tribute artist to Neil Diamond.

If you’re a fan of Neil, then Denny is the perfect artist for you to delve into if you appreciate Neil’s glory days and multitude of hit songs that have captivated the hearts of millions of fans over generations.

Projecting his own signature stylization to a very familiar sound, Denny Diamond’s baritone vocal approach and reminiscence of Neil himself has been a grandstanding presence around the country and one of the most sought after acts since he started gracing venues & events nation-wide over the last 20 years. His history in music and contribution to the industry is prominent and promising, and when you research more into him, you see and hear exactly why.

With his two sons performing alongside him on an 89-city US Tour in 2015 and 2016 under the act Denny Diamond & The Jewels, his performances have captured the attention of thousands of fans and media outlets throughout every stop on the tour, and eventually lead him to an Akademia Award for Best Cover/Folk Song in 2016 for the song “Diamond Mountain”.

Denny Diamond is more than just a tribute act, he’s a re-imagination of an artist era that anyone can identify with. We at Artist Reach give him our full support and recommendation, and we are pretty sure you will too.Connect with Denny Diamond:

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Artist Review: Jennifer Hope – “My December” (Linkin Park Cover & Chester Bennington Tribute)

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


In this last 1-2 years, between the losses of many music icons like Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), Chris Cornell (Soundgarden / Audioslave), Prince, David Bowie, and most noticeably for Jennifer Hope, Chester Bennington (Linkin Park). 

And with her cover & tribute version of Linkin Park’s “My December”, I must say, I haven’t had goosebumps over a tribute like this since Tori Amos’s Piano/Vocal version of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” back in the 90s under the same mantra and concept that Jennifer Hope brings to the forefront with this cover.

It’s not just a run-of-the-mill Piano/Vocal cover, Hope really brings the vocal sensuality of the verses that parallel the same vocal delivery intended by Bennington himself, and puts a strong and even raspy tone to the chorus that once again brings the expression of the original version. 

But despite all the similarities, Jennifer Hope breathes new life into this song and performs it with that kind of simplicity that showcases her strongpoints in talent, emotion, production value, and true meaning in her artistic merit. She really lights up the room with this version, but still brings forth a darkness that beckons the Soul of the original version in all the right ways. 

This tribute was also released with the intention of bringing the components of suicide prevention & awareness, which currently has an active fundraiser that Jennifer Hope put together to support the cause and utilize the song into the hopes of helping others through the fundraiser. 

This Linkin Park cover is definitely a version that will give you the shivers and really put a sensation and aura of pure emotion into you with the beautiful swells from the Piano parts and mid-ranged vocals that tie in perfectly with the song’s production value and beauty. This phenomenal version will not only amaze you, but will entice you to see the bigger picture. The centerpiece of what Hope put into this tribute with her undeniable talent, and the awareness that should not be overlooked. Take a listen to this tribute, and also check into her GoFundMe campaign as well and contribute to a selfless cause that is far too common among today’s youth and pop culture.



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Artist Review: Edward Mena – “Amor Absoluto: Medley Tributo a Julio Iglesias” 

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


This multi-award winning and highly acclaimed Venezuelan Recording Artist is anything but a letdown.

Edward Mena is an internationally renowned Singer that has performed alongside some of the industry’s biggest artists and events in his genre, and has influenced many newer artists of his type as well. In my opinion, he’s the Venezuelan Frank Sinatra. And he deserves the comparison.

His tribute single “Amor Absoluto: Medley Tributo a Julio Iglesias”, produced by 16 Grammy Winner Humberto Gatica and accompanied by a very dynamic and cinematic Official Music Video with great set designs, is a very romantic and brilliantly performed song that showcases Mena‘s Baritone-to-mid-range voice perfectly. His vibratos are very on-point, and the production value gives this a classic signature sound that really contributes strongly to Mena‘s genre.

The video is a strong first impression for Edward Mena if this is the first time discovering him. It’s apparent that his vocal style and image parallel each other perfectly, and sets the foreground for this artist’s craft and contribution to a very multifaceted genre that displays sensuality, emotion, and versatility. He’s a top-of-the-line artist that can be booked at just about any high class event, cruise, wedding, or anything that calls for a classy style and image.

This artist has been hitting the ground running and his career has incredible direction. If you haven’t heard Edward Mena yet, this song and video will leave a strong impression on you. And we couldn’t praise him highly enough. He’s a masterpiece of his craft.

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Artist Review: Brianna Musco 

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


I’ve always had a special place in my heart for female musicians, especially those that can really master the art of the six-string. A lot of new artists come out of the gate however, by utilizing their talent in performing YouTube covers (even in live shows as well) to get their voice out there for the world to discover them before they break out into original music.

We have the perfect example of this with Indie-Acoustic artist Brianna Musco. From recording live-performance videos of herself playing her own versions of artist greats like Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, and many more, Brianna hits it out of the park with her high-quality recorded acoustic renditions of some of today’s radio favorites with her own breed of sound and texture. 

She’s charismatic, fun to watch, and upon discovery will have you captivated in her overall persona. She’s got a laid-back, free spirited approach and carries the torch with her soulfully soothing vocals that go perfectly with her acoustic approach. Add in some low-end keyboard parts, and Brianna Musco is a one-woman army with multi-talented and multifaceted qualities; rendering the listener curious with anticipation for what her original music will bring when she finally unleashes it.

This girl deserves your undivided attention in whole. There’s only a handful of Indie-Female multi-musicians that can bring the goods to the table like Brianna Musco. Discover her now so you can be one to say that you found her first.

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Artist Review: Happy Freuds

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Stephanie Brodsky


With a quartet of rockers with members ranging from the ages of 15 to 25 that have already hit #1 Rock Charts on ReverbNation, I must say that this multinational cover band from Spain, Happy Freuds, without a doubt must have turned some heads by now.

Playing some of the best Classic Rock & 90s we’ve come to know, from Black Sabbath, Billy Idol, and Pearl Jam, these kids have drawn an insatiable fan base, a great internet presence, and demand for their live show in many different parts of their country.

One thing that’s very impressive about these young men is their precision. They are very well rehearsed, and every track they upload on their music pages are either live one-take-only recordings, or live-in-concert recordings. So when it comes to EQing their amps, and assuring a faultless show presentation, you can’t go wrong with Happy Freuds.

This is the first cover band we’ve ever reviewed and also the first cover band I’ve personally seen hit #1 on ReverbNation. They’re young guys with outstanding musicianship, and we imagine a great future for them! We definitely recommend checking them out and listening to their great spin on some of the best Rock songs the world has come to know.

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Artist Review: Clever Measures

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Clever Measures are exactly just that: clever. A little Rock, a little Roll, and a mix of originals and covers to satisfy the Live Show goers’ soul.

Since forming in 2013, a dynamic and very natural chemistry manifested among the quartet of professional musicians. Clever Measures pretty much formed and evolved into an all-star lineup with the relentless musicianship that each member brings to the round table. And whether it’s rocking some energy-driven covers for the crowd (and for the better paying shows), they also have written some excellent songs that need some major attention. And there’s one that jumped out at me right at the top of their Soundcloud.

That song is “Eat Sleep Race Repeat”. A guitar-fueled Sports Racing anthem that glorifies the sports tribute with an undeniably high-energy, ridiculously-well-written guitar riff that starts this song off with some strength. Once the rest of the band comes in, it’s balls-to-the-wall all the way through.

All of your favorite Rock elements from all the epic eras are in this song. We hear riffs that compliment and bring us back to the golden Classic Rock days, the untouchable 90s era in the songwriting and melody factors, some 80s that also can be heard in some of the vocal delivery, and the better parts of today’s Rock sensibilities. All the ingredients needed to make “Eat Sleep Race Repeat” a song perfect for blasting in your car stereo, putting on repeat, and best of all–to hear the band playing it at a live show!

The chorus of this song soars, the production value showcases a powerful rhythm section and dueling guitars with high-gain, well-EQed and crisp guitar tones that include shredding solos and all the goods in between. The vocals have a great range, great tone, and have a powerful delivery that energizes this song for both your CD listening experience, and Live Show.

Listen, Rock, Shred, Repeat!

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