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Zojo Black CD release evolves into a massive jam

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As I expected, most of the blues crowd and a lot of people I didn’t recognize were at the Slice for  the Zojo Black CD release party,  July 2 at the Greg Gomola playing the Zojo Black release party. Photo by Richard Amery Slice.

 Brent Hutchinson playing sax. Photo by Richard AmeryGreg Gomola and some talented friends including Paul Kype on lead guitar, Tyson Maiko on bass and drummer Brady Valgardson were jamming up a storm with keyboardist Earl McAuley and saxophonist Brent Hutchinson.

While I missed the set where they played the CD  I caught their upbeat last song. I hung around for their tight second set  — a freewheeling jam of upbeat covers which showed Gomola’s influences.

They began with an unusual arrangement of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” then blasted into Three Doors Down’s “Kryptonite” before dedicating Eric Clapton’s “Cocaine” to the absent Tim Mulgrew.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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