Monday, 13 October 2008

John Paul Jones - Zooma (1999)

So how do you use the word "underrated" when you are talking about a member of one of the biggest rock bands of all time?  Well if that's possible it would definitely best describe John Paul Jones.  Is he really the first guy that comes to mind when someone mentions Led Zeppelin?  Usually not, which is too bad because the guy has done it all.  Not only is he a fantastic bass and keyboard player but he's also a recording engineer and a film score composer.  What I really love about Zooma is that he's evolving as a musician and not just trying to relive the past.  Jimmy Page would be perfectly happy just playing Led Zeppelin songs the rest of his life which is fine and I guess that's what the majority of people want anyways.  Although Zooma is something completely different.  It's a lot more aggressive than what you would expect from a old man.  Much of the album has more in common with noise-rock than classic rock.  In fact it even features a guest guitar solo by Butthole Surfers' Paul Leary on the title track.  It also has some jazzy bass (Drums n' Bass), and string orchestra (Snake Eyes) as well.  Zooma really has a little bit of everything.  I think this album proves that it's not a fluke that he's had the career that he's had.

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