Jere Mendelsohn | Triple Double Take

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Triple Double Take

by Jere Mendelsohn

What if Tom Petty, Chris Isaak, Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds threw a party in Danny Gatton's backyard?
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Rainey
3:57 $0.99
2. Queen of Sheba
3:40 $0.99
3. One More Kiss
4:22 $0.99
4. Poison Is Pretty
4:39 $0.99
5. Original Sin
4:44 $0.99
6. Back To Sleep
3:22 $0.99
7. Falling Out of Love With You
3:14 $0.99
8. Swimming To the Surface
5:05 $0.99
9. Love Ain't the Only Thing (Missing From Our Home)
3:41 $0.99
10. Final Destination
3:44 $0.99
11. Shake Your Hair Down/Shakedown Breakdown
4:45 $0.99
12. If You Think You're Lonely Now
2:55 $0.99
13. Top of the World
3:16 $0.99
14. Bad Month, Bad Week, Bad Day
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Album Notes
Hovering just above Jere Mendelsohn's shoulder on the cover of his new CD, "Triple Double Take," is a hazy image of a Mystery Girl. Is she a muse? A modern-day Venus? The one that got away? All of the above?

"I'm basically a romantic at heart," says Jere in regards to his songwriting. "One way or another I get around to writing about love, romance, relationships, lust, or some combination of those themes. I think it's in our nature to yearn, dream, and fantasize, so maybe the Mystery Girl represents everything from the schoolboy crush, to the long-term relationship, to the one that didn't work out."

Over the course of 14 memorable tracks, Mendelsohn runs the emotional gamut, from the yearning of "Rainey" and "Back To Sleep," to the humorous resignation of "Falling Out Of Love With You" and "Bad Month, Bad Week, Bad Day." There is a sly, jazzy sensuality to "Original Sin," and sorrow and fatalism in "Swimming to the Surface." Impeccably produced by Dave Pepin for dpnumber 80 Productions, "Triple Double Take" highlights Jere's soulful vocals and the melodic, searing guitar work for which he is recognized by other players and audiences all over Southern California. Throughout, Jere is supported by some of the finest musicians in LA: Mike Baird (Journey, Steely Dan), Matt Laug (Slash's Snakepit, Mike Campbell), and Ed Eblen (Nashville session/touring) on drums and percussion; Taras Prodaniuk (Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams) and Brian Netzley on bass; Skip Edwards (Dwight Yoakam, Desert Rose Band, Roy Orbison) on keyboards, and Lee Thornburg (Tower of Power, Tonight Show band) and Jerry Peterson (Billy Vera, Teresa James) on horns.

An admitted "sucker for a good melody," Mendelsohn is grateful to have access to such accomplished and sympathetic players. "I've been through my 'gunslinger' period as a guitar player, trying to mow the audience down with speed and skill, the ones Zappa used to refer to them as 'gnat notes.' But I really love the way guys like George Harrison and Mike Campbell (Tom Petty's lead guitar player) play to the song rather than simply exploiting their technical abilities. That's what I was shooting for on this album, and it's certainly what every other player brought to the music. It's the most intense fun I've ever had working on a project." Rather than make an instrumental album, Mendelsohn asserts, "I wanted to craft something that would appeal to a wide audience, people who believe that songs really matter, who remember having favorite 45s or album cuts they love. I still love the thrill of hearing a song for the first time, the one you just totally get on every level."

Asked about his inspirations, Mendelsohn replies, "I listen to writers such as Petty, John Hiatt, Richard Thompson, Don Henley, Springsteen, Nick Lowe and Mark Knopfler . . . guys who can get you in the gut and the head. They're literate, they can get serious, funny, sad, whatever, but they never write down to their audiences. They're always reaching for something higher. And they rock. That's what I'm shooting for, too."

Mendelsohn admits, "Like lots of other 'guitar geeks,' I picked up the guitar because it captured my imagination, and frankly, there weren't many other things I could do well. I thought it might improve my social standing, too, especially with girls." On "Triple Double Take" does he finally get the Mystery Girl? "People see the cover and ask who she is," Mendelsohn laughs. "I tell them to listen to the tunes- she's somewhere in all of them. Sometimes I get her, sometimes I don't. And if I lose her, at least I get to keep my guitar."



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Jeffrey James

Great Music, Lyrics and Production - A Wonderul Collection from Jere
I went to school with Jere Mendelsohn. He was a good musician then, but a terrific musician now. This collection is beautifully crafted, with great tunes, witty, smart and moving lyrics and fabulous production. Favorites include Rainey, Original Sin, and Final Destination, The comparisons to Tom Petty and Dave Edmunds are not out of line, nor would be a nod to the Stray Cats, and maybe even Asleep at the Wheel - and is that a Rickenbacker guitar I hear? This is a wonderful disk.