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On the Edge

by Jiosa

After 6 highly acclaimed contemporary jazz CDs and four Grammy nominated projects, Denny Jiosa ventures into exciting new territory setting a new standard in progressive rock! Joining Denny are bassist Jon von Boehm and drummer John Toomey.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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1. Dynamite
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2. A Matter of Time
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3. Redemption
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4. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
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5. Blue Line To Largo
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6. Afraid of the Dark
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7. Night Train To Marakesh
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8. Spytime
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9. The Journey Home
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10. Groovipotamus
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11. Run the Race
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12. On the Edge
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Renowned guitarist Denny Jiosa is stepping into a new world! With 6 chart-topping contemporary jazz CDs of his own and 4 Grammy nominations for his work with Gospel artist Yolanda Adams and elite Polka artist LynnMarie, Denny is no stranger to diversification. His musicianship has been compared to guitar greats Wes Montgomery, Eric Clapton, George Benson and Santana!

On his newest project, simply called JIOSA – On the Edge, Denny has ventured into his first ‘band’ project, an aggressive instrumental rock CD featuring bassist Jon von Boehm and drummer John Toomey, both of Nashville. This project is indeed a long awaited musical venture for Denny. It is not a jazz record—it just plain rocks!

Jon von Böehm grew up in Erie,PA. He studied with bass guitar great, Jeff Berlin (Bill Buford, John Abercrombie, Dennis Chambers). John stays busy in the studio as an in demand versatile bassist playing for artists, television commercials and sound tracks. He has had the honor of playing on the award-wining PBS documentary "Safe Harbor".

John Toomey is a teaching, recording and performing drummer. He spent three years studying classical and jazz performance at the famed Loyola University before moving to Nashville where he received his BA in Music Performance and Music Business from Belmont University. He has performed with various artists including former American Idol contestant Josh Gracin, Warner Bros. recording artist Jason Jones and Curb recording artists Bomshel.

With the extensive musical backgrounds of these three outstanding musicians, JIOSA sets a new standard in progressive rock!

JIOSA On The Edge
VINTAGE GUITAR REVIEW
JOHN HEIDT

Fans of Denny Jiosa's elegant smooth jazz recordings are in for a shock with his new trio effort. Jiosa, bassist Jon von Boehm, and drummer John Toomey crank up the volume with efforts solidly rooted in rock, blues, and jazz.
The stylistic sidestep is evident immediately on the in-your-face opener,"Dynamite," with its heavier tone, very aggressive attack, pinched harmonics, and plain old volume. That said, Jiosa still proves to be an incredibly melodic player. On most of the record, the musical hooks stand out and stay with you. Funk and rock dominate "Blue Line to Largo," with jabbing 9th chords and stinging harmonics. Jiosa also fills a middle section with some straight rock and blues riffing before heading back to the funk. "Night Train to Marakesh" is an evocative piece with slinky, sitar-like guitar. Anyone familiar with his past work won't be surprised to hear the immediately memorable ballad "Redemption," which is more Jeff Beck than smooth jazz. A solo over a string section adds melodic flavor. "Spytime" is a straight-ahead boogie that gives Jiosa room to show off his nasty side with surprisingly tough chord changes and deft tremolo bar work.
Every cut except "Afraid of the Dark" is an instrumental. On the soul/pop cut, Jiosa's vocal is pleasant enough, but it's his melodic, bluesy solo that dominates the song.
Whether it's a stylistic move to escape a genre that appears to be sinking slowly or a move toward what he wants to do doesn't matter. Jiosa and his trio have fashioned a record that has great songs and skillful guitar playing aplenty.

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Sean Cloud

A "Must Have" CD
The much anticipated new works from Mr. Jiosa did not disappoint me at all,, it's nothing short of awesome. This guy can crank out some quality tunes! The trio plays some very tight, driving rhythms and remind me of why I love this type of the music the most, in Jiosa style!
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Denny Jiosa

"JIOSA On The Edge" / review by Dann Glenn
Jiosa "On The Edge"
I just finished listening to "Jiosa-On The Edge." And I mean "listening." No track sampling for this record. If you try...it'll reach up and bitch-slap you right back into your chair. Holy crap, this trio is tighter than a witch's ass...on a chrome broom stick. Denny Jiosa's fiery guitar drenches the listener in a tsunami of emotion. Jon von Boehm's bass is unyielding, pumping; like an angry, resurrected mastodon, staring you right in the face. John Toomey's drums are simultaneously impeccable and ass-kicking. Sounds like he needed to nail his bass drum to the floor with railroad spikes, for some of these tunes. I'm impressed with this trio, to say the least. Be careful when listening to this CD while driving...because you WILL get a speeding ticket, and you WILL confuse the police officer when they walk up to your car. Why? Because you're head will still be bobbing...even with the music off. And I'm serious of course. -Dann Glenn
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Robert Silvestein / mwe3.com

That Jeff Beck side of his playing—the more cutting edge Jiosa!!
One of America’s top jazz-rock instrumental guitar exponents, Denny Jiosa returns in 2011 with Jiosa - On The Edge album. Among modern jazz guitar enthusiasts, Jiosa is renowned for his smooth jazz guitar stylings that sometimes mixed one part Earl Klugh with one part Jeff Beck. That Jeff Beck side of his playing—the more cutting edge Jiosa—comes out in full force on the 2011 CD release of On The Edge. Throughout the 12 track CD, the guitarist gets solid support from his band—John Toomey (drums) and Jon von Boehm (bass). Denny even gets in a vocal track that keeps in spirit with the overall edgy rock fusion style throughout. Jiosa continues to impress and the sonically appealing On The Edge may very well be his best album to date.
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VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE / John Heidt

VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE / John Heidt
JIOSA On The Edge
VINTAGE GUITAR REVIEW
JOHN HEIDT

Fans of Denny Jiosa's elegant smooth jazz recordings are in for a shock with his new trio effort. Jiosa, bassist Jon von Boehm, and drummer John Toomey crank up the volume with efforts solidly rooted in rock, blues, and jazz.
The stylistic sidestep is evident immediately on the in-your-face opener,"Dynamite," with its heavier tone, very aggressive attack, pinched harmonics, and plain old volume. That said, Jiosa still proves to be an incredibly melodic player. On most of the record, the musical hooks stand out and stay with you. Funk and rock dominate "Blue Line to Largo," with jabbing 9th chords and stinging harmonics. Jiosa also fills a middle section with some straight rock and blues riffing before heading back to the funk. "Night Train to Marakesh" is an evocative piece with slinky, sitar-like guitar. Anyone familiar with his past work won't be surprised to hear the immediately memorable ballad "Redemption," which is more Jeff Beck than smooth jazz. A solo over a string section adds melodic flavor. "Spytime" is a straight-ahead boogie that gives Jiosa room to show off his nasty side with surprisingly tough chord changes and deft tremolo bar work.
Every cut except "Afraid of the Dark" is an instrumental. On the soul/pop cut, Jiosa's vocal is pleasant enough, but it's his melodic, bluesy solo that dominates the song.
Whether it's a stylistic move to escape a genre that appears to be sinking slowly or a move toward what he wants to do doesn't matter. Jiosa and his trio have fashioned a record that has great songs and skillful guitar playing aplenty.
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rebaqueen

If you looking for something to go to sleep to THIS ISN'T IT!
If you are looking for something to get you up and going, get your pulse racing...You've found it!!

GREAT craftsmanship, as you would expect from Denny Jiosa. I'm no music expert--is it rock? Rockin' jazz? I just know it has a driving beat and I like it! And it sounds like they had a ball doing it.

Buy it , put on your earphones (and seatbelt) and take off!
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