Hot Monkey Love have raised the temperature to scorching with this extraordinary blues-rock follow-up to 2004’s widely praised “Primate Blues.” Surviving the loss in 2005 of founder and original member, FRANKIE “SPIDER” LAROCKA (pro rock-steady drummer, producer and influential A&R exec), remaining members JACK O’NEILL (vocals) and JUMPIN’ JORDAN LEE (bass) took the initial seven tracks which Frankie had recorded with the band in 2005 and, working with genius producer/musician ANTHONY KRIZAN (multiple guitars, b/vocals, and remaining drum tracks), managed to produce a record far-exceeding anyone’s expectations. Initial tracks were recorded on 24 track analog tape with added tracks and mixing done in Pro-Tools at Anthony’s Sonic Boom Studios in Raritan, NJ.
In addition to the impassioned, soulful vocals of JACK O’NEILL, this record features an incredible line-up of guitar luminaries who each blaze their way through some of the most amazing guitar solos and rhythm tracks you’ll ever hear. Featured on four tracks (#2, 4, 6, 8), EARL SLICK (David Bowie Band, John Lennon) soars on electric, slide and acoustic guitars, and also contributes his own arrangement of Hendrix’s “Angel” as a tribute to his old friend, Frankie LaRocka. ARTHUR NEILSON (Shemekia Copeland Band) rips the roof off the blues genre with his unparalleled, expressive guitar style on three tracks (#1, 4, 10). ANTHONY KRIZAN (Amfibian, Spin Doctors, Lenny Kravitz) not only lays down the remaining live drum tracks, but offers up some transcendant guitar tracks throughout the record. And JIMMY BENNETT (Alexis P. Suter, Levon Helm) picks his Fender Telecaster and 1935 Rickenbacker lap steel in his rootsy, Allmans-esque style on two tracks (#9, 11).
Rounding out the smooth, deep-pocket, bass grooves of original monk JUMPIN’ JORDAN LEE are an array of other notable industry talents. Coming off of her performance as Mimi in “Rent,” ANTONIQUE SMITH, with her gospel-tinged, r&b voice, nails the harmony and background vocals on two tracks (#3, 6), including a special Hot Monkey Love arrangement of Alicia Keys’ contemporary classic “Fallin’.” Also offering unforgettable performances are: ARNE WENDT on the Hammond B-3 organ and piano, DAVE RUNYAN (James Cotton Band) on the blues harp, MIKE KRIZAN on a scorching slide guitar solo (#4), BOB DEL ROSSO on guitar, ROB CLORES (Black Crowes) on the Hammond B-3 organ, and, on background vocals: KARAN SERAFIN, CC COLETTI (Meat Loaf), and KAREN COLETTI.
Difficult to categorize, “Speakin’ Evil” features a range of styles from blues-rock to soul, r&b to rock, deep-blues to ballads. With five inspired original tunes on the record, Hot Monkey Love are only scratching the surface of what’s to come. Thank-you for your support! Stay tuned.
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(Please consider sampling Hot Monkey Love’s first CD “Primate Blues” also available on CD Baby -- you won’t be disappointed!)