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Surfing the Web of Life

by jimvick.combo

Singer-songwriter Jim Vick's eclectic and stylistically diverse worldbeat folkrock features 69 minutes of global grooves, gorgeous father-daughter vocal harmonies, bluesy lead guitar, & pointed and often politically-charged lyrics.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Norm
5:31 $0.99
2. A Thousand Waves
5:18 $0.99
3. Ship of Love
4:06 $0.99
4. Starting Right Now
5:21 $0.99
5. Frying Pan
4:22 $0.99
6. Chocolates and Roses
5:54 $0.99
7. Icarus Wings
5:37 $0.99
8. She Carries the Moment
4:54 $0.99
9. Good Germans
5:56 $0.99
10. Our Lady
3:55 $0.99
11. Blood on the Chalkboard
6:59 $0.99
12. Tilt
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13. Turning Like a Wheel
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Singer-songwriter/guitarist Jim Vick formed jimvick.combo in early 2000 with his vocalist daughter, Elisa Vick, and his longtime musical collaborators, Dan Ochipinti and Rob Moitoza. Jim's indie folk/jazz/rock blend combines well-honed songcraft with adventurous musical twists, seasoned musicianship, big vocal harmonies, and a frequent emphasis on world rhythms. Tasteful and adept on both acoustic and electric instruments, the songwriter's guitar work is featured prominently in nearly every song, with a rich and varied accompaniment style often reminescent of Bruce Cockburn and Paul Simon, and evocative and bluesy soloing that draws on influences ranging from Pat Metheny to Jimi Hendrix.

Surfing the Web of Life, Jim's most recent CD, navigates through global grooves ranging from Afropop to reggae to Bossa Nova, mixed with elements of jazz, R&B, and American roots music. Vick's lyrics have a decidedly left-of-center focus in their pointed attack on the military adventures of the Bush regime ("Good Germans", "Tilt,") but they also delve deeper into more pervading social issues like the plight of domestic violence survivors and child abuse victims ("Chocolates and Roses," "She Carries the Moment,") and the pervading undercurrent of corporate manipulation ("The Norm.")

A veteran of over 2 decades of performing with numerous rock, folk and world music acts, Vick joined forces in the late 90's with the dotcombo's bassist/producer/songwriter Moitoza, known for his work with the Sons of Champlin, Holly Near, Cold Blood, and other leftcoast luminaries; and Ochipinti, a first-call drummer/percussionist for numerous NW world music acts who has performed and recorded regularly with Urban Bushmen, Heather Alexander, Gaia Consort, and Le Orchestra Afrisound. Vocalist Elisa Vick has toured with the jazz vocal group Celebration and performs outside the dotcombo as a solo artist. The group has been promoted in the King County Arts Roster since 2001 and has been a featured act at numerous summer festivals, concerts, and progressive political events in the Pacific Northwest area, including the 2004 Rolling Thunder Democracy Festival and the NW Folklife Festival.



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this makes for one impressive listening experience . . .earns the distinction of
Surfing the Web of Life, jimvick.combo's ("Jim Vick dot Combo") debut album, goes far beyond the definition of "album," attaining a status something closer to a socio-political manifesto set to an eclectic blend of folky jazz with a solid dose of world rhythms. Or, as Vick writes on his web site, "...styles ranging from Afropop to reggae to Bossa Nova, mixed with elements of jazz, R&B, and American roots music." I have to agree with his take, and I must say this makes for one impressive listening experience. But while the music itself is top notch by anyone's measure, what really makes this album shine is Vick's issue-oriented lyrics.

"The Norm" starts things off with an emphatic statement, "...the norm, it just ain't normal anymore." Any armchair philosopher worth his mettle will see the truth inherent in those words. And it doesn't stop there. In one track after another, for a total of 13 songs, Vick wows us with vignettes of life as he sees it, artfully framed by the instrumental and vocal virtuosity of him and his fellow band members: his daughter, Elisa; bassist/producer/songwriter Rob Moitoza; and, drummer/percussionist Dan Ochipinti.

From "A Thousand Waves," with its upbeat face-the-storm-and-ride-it-out message to the satirical "Good Germans," with its stance against the social apathy that plagues our culture, Vick shares his philosophy of life. In "Ship Of Love," a fun, folksy romp, he waxes romantic, and in "Tilt" he professes his politics, disagreeing with our president's eye-for-an-eye agenda. "Chocolates And Roses" and "She Carries The Moment" are poignant tales of spousal and child abuse. I'll leave it to you to decide on the message of "Blood On The Chalkboard."

While every song is a standout in its own right, my pick is "Our Lady." The hooky guitar intro on this tune immediately caught my attention and held it until Vick went in a completely unexpected direction in the verses before bringing it right back around again. And I simply cannot end this review without commenting upon the high quality of production, recording and mixing. Not often do you hear such professionalism in a self-produced work. Ochipinti, assisted by Moitoza, engineered the tracks and Vick, Moitoza and Ochipinti produced and mixed the album. Without question, Surfing the Web of Life earns the distinction of "Ear Candy" and will take its rightful place at the top of that stack in my indie music collection. And it's going to spend a lot of time spinning in my CD player, too.
Kenny Hart, Indie-Music.com Magazine

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jammy, jazzy, neo-folk . . . the thinking man's jam band.
Like many people, I conjure up visions of comparable bands to whatever I play for the first time. After listening to the first few tracks of Surfing I felt as though I was
at one of the many jam-band festivals that my brother and I attended over the years on the riverbend of Cincinnati. Though we don’t get out like we used to back in
those days, those days still do live on through bands like Phish (who just “retired”), The Grateful Dead, Bruce Hornsby, String Cheese Incident, possibly God Street
Wine, and many more great talents.

There’s a big difference in the Jim Vick Dot Combo’s Surfing release, though - lyrical content. The musicians in this group are at the top of their craft, play jammy, jazzy, neo-folk pieces, and gave the album its robustness with sign-of-the-times lyrical visions, rhetoric, and editorials. I would consider the Jim Vick Dot Combo band the thinking-man’s jam band, and that to me is very exciting. The stylish packaging of the CD is as cool as the music and makes reading the lyrics all the more fun while listening to this great album. There’s so much content
both lyrically and musically that the listener will be refreshed with the opportunity to keep getting more and more out of it as time goes on.