It doesn’t happen often, but every now and then an album will slide across my desk or, in this case, Review Shine, that absolutely knocks my metaphorical socks off my feet! I say metaphorical only because I was not wearing socks when I put this album on. However, if I would have been wearing them, they would have come right off! I’m certain of it.
How come I have not heard of Jim Allchin before? I kept asking myself this question as I kept listening and reading his bio. You see, Mr. Allchin has a Ph.D in computer science and was, until 2007 a honcho for Microsoft when he walked away from his career to spend his time and energy doing what he was so obviously meant to be doing all along, playing his guitar.
He is one of the best blues-rock-jazz guitarists I have heard in an extremely long time. After getting about half-way through the record, it became apparent that he had not been spending all of his time in the world of binary and hexadecimal numbers. He had been spending much of his time honing his craft. Hell, in my opinion Microsoft was simply a stepping-stone to get to where he is today.
Many amazing musicians back up the album - Musicians such as Chris Leighton and Ben Smith (drums), Garey Shelton (bass), Ty Bailie and David Gross (keyboards), Colin Pulkrabek (trombone), Josh Gailey (trumpet), Scott McPherson (tenor sax), the New York Brass, Martin Ros, Mycle Wastman and Keely Whitney (background vocals) and Glenn Lorbecki (rhythm guitar).
I promise you, this is not a cop-out. This is an amazing musician, who has released an amazing record containing thirteen (my favorite number) incredible songs. It would be impossible for me to pick one or two to write about without writing about them all.
Therefore, I’m just going to say this -
Jim Allchin’s “Overclocked” is an amazing record, probably one of the best, if not the best, I’ve heard so far this year, maybe even the goddamned decade!
‘Rebel’ Rod says to absolutely, without hesitation, buy this record!