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Jimmy Lloyd Rea and the Switchmasters “Cruisin’ For a Bloozin'” December 3, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Uncategorized.
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It’s not often that you think of a bass guitarist as lead for a band. But Jimmy Lloyd Rea defies convention and when he steps to center stage to lead the guys in his band the Switchmasters, he makes it look easy. This is the mark of a true professional.

Before you describe him as sounding like any other bassist with whom you may be familiar, be cautioned: Don’t do it. JLR has established himself as genuinely unique, and has honed his craft with his own blood, sweat and tears. No one showed him how to do it, and you have to respect the grit and determination with which he has accomplished what he has.

Instead, describe him. And you do it this way: Jimmy Lloyd is a master of the ‘Real deal, fly by the seat of your pants, just play the lowdown rockin’, good old blues ‘. If you want it refined and over rehearsed, he ain’t your man. JLR keeps it lowdown, loud, rowdy and rockin’, good, big groovin’ blues the way it is supposed to be. Certainly there ain’t no shortage of adjectives to describe his sound. Just don’t compare him to no one else. You will find few comparisons.