North Carolina based rock and roll jam band Rich Lerner and The Groove have teamed up with former Jimi Hendrix percussionist Juma Sultan for the new album “Jammin’ With Juma”. This is the group’s fifth release on the label Free The Music and the follow up to 2017’s critically acclaimed “Push On Thru”. Juma Sultan performed with Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock and also on several of his most famous recordings. Juma was introduced to Rich and his band by a mutual friend and within minutes they were making music together. Juma’s congas add a new flavor and rhythmic underpinning to the sound. Rich had the idea to find a Jimi Hendrix song Juma played on to rearrange and record. He settled on “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)” which became the lead track on the album. At the first session the guys also recorded two other cover songs, one of which was a big hit for Eric Burdon and War when it first came out. Then Rich wrote the new original songs to complete the album project. All the rhythm tracks were recorded together live at Earthtones Recording Studio over the course of two evenings. “Jammin’ With Juma” also includes the group’s first Dub remix and an ode to the spirit of Jimi Hendrix. Rich Lerner and The Groove are best known for establishing Groove Jam Music Festival, an annual event to benefit the local homeless shelter and food bank in their hometown of Greensboro NC.
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From Vinyl Chapters
Jammin’ With Juna manages to open up the band to new horizons, whilst also allowing them to rely on their skills as musicians to bring the tracks out of their shells. Juma Sultan brings a new element to the recordings, and fits into the band seamlessly. Guitars whale when necessary, but also form a sturdy basis in other areas with some tight playing and interesting riffs. Rich Lerner & The Groove have created a strong record here that show off the band’s influences, but also has their own signature firmly in place.
From Alphabet Pony
It’s quite the repertoire. However, hidden within the impressively long list of diverse musical artists is Richard Lerner himself, a veteran of the southern music circuit. His new release is called “Jammin with Juma,” which refers to Juma Sultan, also a veteran musician, known mostly for playing Woodstock with Jimi Hendrix. [..]
“Jammin’ with Juma” is a new release which succeeds at being exactly what it hopes to be—a fun, nostalgic jam. Jimi would approve.
For the amount of musical experience in cumulative years that the musicians own on this record, it’s no wonder it sounds like Nixon-era festival jam group – Juma and the boys are fighting the good fight to keep the grooves going.
From Audible Addixion
The five minute track “Ghosts of Jimi” features sporadic electric guitar solos, haunting lyrics and relaxed vocals. Knowing Sultan’s past with the legendary Jimi Hendrix having this track brings a dramatic, sweet feel to the album.
Overall “Jammin’ with Juma” brings major 80s rock vibes from the seasoned artist. Rich Lerner and The Grooves and Juma Sultan came together to get groovy and that they did. “Jammin’ with Juma” can be streamed on all music platforms.