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Costa Azul

Jim Allchin

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Costa Azul features 11 new stunning tracks performed by an all-star group of musicians well-known for their 100s of Jazz, Pop, and Latin albums. Jim takes us on a tour through the world of Latin Jazz guitar music with his newest album.

Expected release: February 11, 2022

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About Costa Azul 

Take a ride through the rhythms of the Son Montuno, Mambo, Guajira, Bolero, and Flamenco. Costa Azul is genre-bending  --infusing contemporary jazz and contemporary Latin in a smooth jazz format. 

Produced by Grammy-nominee Yaron Fuchs. 

Mastered by Grammy-nominee Michael Romanowski. 

All songs were written by Jim Allchin.

Artists 

  • Jim Allchin:  All Guitars  
  • Richard Boulger: Trumpet & Flugelhorn (Saturday Night Live) 
  • Jack Daley: Bass  
  • Andy Ezrin: Piano 
  • Alex Foster: Alto & Tenor Sax (Saturday Night Live) 
  • Adan Perez: Piano 
  • Danny Sadownick: Percussion  
  • Etienne Stadwijk: Piano & Synths 
  • Walter White: Trumpet & Trombone  
  • Steve Wolf: Drums 

Artists have performed/toured with: Josh Groban, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Steely Dan, Jennifer Lopez, Billy Idol, Tony, Toni Tone,  Al Jarreau, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Annie Lennox, Miley Cyrus, Pink, Aretha Franklin, Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Bee Gees, David Bowie, and Grover Washington, Jr., Paul Simon, Robbie Williams, Steve Tyrell, Saturday Night Live, and many more.

 

 

 Production 

  • Produced By Yaron Fuchs 
  • Associate Producer:  Spencer Hattendorf 
  • Recorded 2021 
  • Engineered By Yaron Fuchs & Spencer Hattendorf 
  • Mixed by Yaron Fuchs & Spencer Hattendorf 
  • Mastered By Michael Romanowski 
  • Project Executive: Jim Allchin  
  • Sandy Key Music, BMI

Prime Blues

Jim Allchin

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Prime Blues features 14 new tracks performed by an all-star group of musicians including bassist Glenn Worf, rhythm guitarists Rob McNelley, Bob Britt and Kenny Greenburg, keyboardist Kevin McKendree, drummer Tom Hambridge, vocalist Mycle Wastman, The Memphis Horns and special guest vocalists Grammy-winner Bobby Rush, and Blues Award winner Mike Zito.

Produced by 2x Grammy-winner Tom Hambridge. Recorded, mixed, and mastered in Nashville.  ​ "Once again, we are blessed to have Jim Allchin share with us his quest for universal truths and superb guitar tone on what could prove to be his crowning achievement.  Rick J Bowen ." Rick Bowen, Blues Writer Award Winner 2013- 2017

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Prime Blues Reviews

“Allchin gets plenty of raves for his guitar chops, but he’s also developed into a first-rate songwriter (with assistance from Hambridge and Richard Fleming on a few tracks). Prime Blues will certainly please guitar fans, but this is also Allchin’s most blues-oriented effort to date. The results are truly satisfying." – Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes, April 2019 

"Prime Blues is hands down a must have album. Jim Allchin is right when he says it’s flat out fun. Get yourself a copy and you’ll hear what both he and we mean." – American Blues Scene, JD Nash, October 2018 

"Jim Allchin is the consummate blues guitarist and vocalist.  His brand of the blues is strong, energetic and funky, with impressive horns that complement his voice and guitar riffs. Recommendation:  If you love the blues, you must have this album in your collection.  Get it today!" – Bob Leggett, LA Music Critic, October 2018  

"...a savory collection of 14 amazing new tracks that dig deeper into the Blues and prove the notion that indeed lightning can strike twice.  " – Rick Bowen, Blues Writer award 2013-2017  

"A sensational album but hey that's why we had to move young Allchin to the top of the class. Score yourself an "A" and get your copy of "Prime Blues" or you will have to stay after class." – Peter Merrett, PBS, October 2018  

"Releasing his debut at a time where there were a lot of people with extra coin taking a breather to chase the dream, you knew that Allchin was one to bet on.  Four records in, this white boy with the blues has jacket copy on his latest full of names like Hambridge, Zito, McKendree, Rush, Memphis Horns and more.  He delivers.  Loaded with gusto and a half, he doesn’t stoop to manqué around when he can keep it his real---which is really good.  White boy blues has entered the next level of the game." (Sandy Key 5) – Chris Spector, Midwest Record, October 2018  

"Allchin delivers some great new songs and he and his band and guests are up to the task of making them all sound fresh, new and varied. He plays with an assortment of styles and is able to make each new cut sound as vibrant as the prior one. He's a helluva guitar player, a very good singer and he really has another winner here. The ex-Microsoft engineer once again excels and delivers a super CD for us with Prime Blues. I think this one is even better than last year's effort, so if you liked that one then don't wait to run out and buy this one- you won't regret it!" – Steve Jones, Blues Blast Magazine, October 2018  

"The title “Prime Blues” not only refers to Allchin’s love of the blues but also to his love of mathematics. His songs tell a story and his guitar technique and tone are perfect.  This is Allchin’s bluesiest effort to date and his most enjoyable." – Richard Ludmerer, Making A Scene, October 2018  

"Guitarist/songwriter, Jim Allchin will likely wind up back at the top of the Blues charts again with his newly released collection Prime Blues, available through Sandy Key Music. ... There is a real point-of-view on display here, as well as a level of craft and quality that will certainly create some real buzz in the Blues community and beyond." – Tom O’Connor, Rock and Blues Muse, October 2018 

 "American blues guitarist Jim Allchin lets rip on the descriptive instrumental Jimmy's Boogie on Prime Blues (Sandy Key Music CD-JA005) Jazz licks, big band sounds and full-tilt blues-rock all come together wonderfully."  – Norman Darwen, Pipeline, March 2019

Artists

  •  Jim Allchin:  Vocals, Lead Guitar 
  • Bob Britt: Rhythm Guitar (Found The Blues, Pawn Shop Man, Snuggle Up
  • Kenny Greenberg: Rhythm Guitar (Give It Up, Devil Don’t Sleep, Jimmy’s Boogie, Summer Sunrise, Enough Is Enough, Lost My Mind, Up To Destiny, Tech Blues
  •  Tom Hambridge: Drums
  • Kevin Mckendree: Hammond B3, Piano 
  • Rob Mcnelley: Rhythm Guitar (Voodoo Doll, Two Bad Dreams, Logoff 
  • Bobby Rush: Vocals (Two Bad Dreams), Harmonica (Two Bad Dreams, Tech Blues
  • Mycle Wastman: Background Vocals  
  • Glenn Worf: Bass 
  • Mike Zito: Vocals (Enough Is Enough)

 The Memphis Horns: Charles Rose, Jim Hoke, Steve B. Hermann, Douglas D. Moffett  on Two Bad Dreams, Give It Up, Summer Sunrise

 

 Production

  • Produced By Tom Hambridge 
  • Recorded May-August, 2018 At Blackbird Studios D&H, Nashville TN and Studio 3038, Seattle WA 
  • Engineered By Ernesto Olvera-Lapier 
  • Engineered By Zach Allen (Bobby Rush Vocal And Harmonica Solo) 
  • Assistant Engineer: Sean Badum 
  • Production Assistants: Tommy Macdonald & Evan Nickels 
  • Mixed And Mastered By Tom Hambridge And Michael Saint-Leon at The Switchyard, Nashville, Tn 
  • Project Executive: John L. Heithaus 
  • Sandy Key Music, BMI, Hambridge Tunes, ASCAP, Richard Fleming Music, BMI

Decisions

Jim Allchin

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Produced by Grammy Winner Tom Hambridge.  Recorded, mixed, and mastered in Nashville with world-class musicians.  Grammy Winner Keb' Mo' makes a guest appearance on one song. ​ "... a study in the decisions we make in our life about identity, relationships, and “how to live life authentically.” Themes reflected in the lyrical content and in the choice of every note from his cerebral guitar work and soulful vocals. This is quite an album; the stuff dreams are made of." Rick Bowen, Blues Writer Award Winner 2013- 2017

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Decisions Reviews

"Decisions is a kickass blues album" - J.R. Miller, High Note Reviews, July 2017 

"Decisions is Jim Allchin’s best release to date.  He continues to impress not just as a guitarist, but as composer and vocalist.  Blues-rock fans will definitely want to have this, but it will also appeal to a broader range of music lovers as well." - Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes, August 2017 

"Fret board aficionados, tone junkies and fans of hot stove blues guitar will be glad to hear the return of Seattle guitarist Jim Allchin... Allchin that rips like Gary Moore... This is quite an album; the stuff dreams are made of." – Rick Bowen, Blues Writer award 2013-2017, May 2017 

"Wonderfully hard hitting stuff that doesn't quit. ...Well done." - Midwest Record Review, June 2017 

"Seattle super guitar player Jim Allchin has a new CD out called “DECISIONS.”  Your next decision should be how soon am I going to get a copy?  I doubt you can play as good as he can, so you might as well just sit down and listen.  Jim’s voice is a perfect reflection of his music, and his music is fabulous!  This is his third solo album and every one of them is better than the last.  Jim’s guitar skills are simply remarkable!  His songwriting comes from the soul, and from life lessons he’s learned.  This CD just has no weak spots.  This is a top-flight CD.  Jim’s guitar work is unbelievable.  From slow blues, to boogie, to scorching, you can’t do this riffs, Jim gets to speak his mind musically and we’re all better off for it.  If you decide to hear some great music, here it is.  Jim Allchin – “DECISIONS.”  Can’t go wrong.  You’ll be surprised!" – Smoky Mountain Blues Society, June 2017 

"I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Decisions, from Jim Allchin and his records just keep getting better. Allchin's first two releases garnered strong review but I believe that this one is his best yet." – Bmans Blues Report, July 2017 

"...a well done album with nice guitar, good vocals, and great backing support.  I've heard Allchin's prior two albums and this seems to be the biggest and best.  He offers a variety of styles and approaches along with well-crafted songs.  I enjoyed the album and those who like their blues with a big rock flare and contemporary sound will love this one too." - Steve Jones, Crossroads Blues Society, July 2017 

"Allchin is impressive as a songwriter, guitarist and vocalist." - Richard Ludmerer, Making A Scene, June 2017 

"Jim Allchin reminds us that the choices we make in life–good, bad, or ugly–all define who we are and how we function in today’s society.  The fact that he does it with a fine flair for contemporary blues makes the “Decisions” to enjoy this set a no-brainer!!" - Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society 

​ "I remember hearing his album Overclocked a number of years ago and being blown away.  Life’s still the same.  His new one (Decisions) blows me away too.  There used to be an old cartoon in which all of the would-be-musicians are standing in front of the stage watching a guitarist and every one of them saying “I could do that.”  The difference between them and Allchin is that he could.  And does. " - Frank Gutch Review, June 2017 

"Jim Allchin is a fine player, maybe one of the best. By resuming his musical career later in life than many, he’s accumulated many more life experiences from which to draw. What he’s done on Decisions is take everyday things and boil them down to the decisions we make. What is their outcome?  When I was a math student, I loved decision trees. Allchin has made them into music and I really like what I’ve heard. If you find yourself intrigued by this fascinating man, be sure to visit his website, https://www.jimallchin.com/, and look at his previous work as well as everything else he has posted. You just might find a new favorite artist. " - Professor Johnny P's Juke Joint Review, June 2017 

"This is an album to savour and with every listen there is more to discover such is the complexity of the sound and the layers of the tapestry. Vocally Allchin has again impressed as his vocals have become stronger and stronger with more and more live shows under his belt. One thing for sure is that anybody who happens to take you for just another guitar slinger will find that they are horribly wrong as you can match it with the very best of the best. For me this album was all highlights and l could not find a lowlight. There was no filler here, just a great album of Blues, Blues/Rock, Rock/Blues, Blues/Pop and Country/Blues." -  Peter Merrett, PBS Melbourne, Australia, June 2017 

"Certainly lovers of the modern blues should check this album out." - Blues in the South, Norman Darwen, August 2017 

​ "Jim Allchin proves that a computer specialist can also be a guitar virtuoso." - RootsTime, Belium, Eric Schuurmans, July 2017

Artists

  • Jim Allchin: Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar 
  • Bill Bergman: Tenor, Bari Sax, Horn Arrs* 
  • Pat Buchannan: Guitar 
  • Kenny Greenberg: Guitar (After Hours, Destiny
  • Tom Hambridge: Drums, Background Vocals 
  • Steve Mackey: Bass (After Hours, Destiny
  • Rob McNelley: Guitar
  • Wendy Moten: Bkg Vocals (Healing Ground
  • Keb’ Mo’: Vocals (Healing Ground
  • Michael Rhodes: Bass
  • Lee Thornburg: Trumpet, Trombone* 
  • James Wallace: Keys (After Hours, Destiny)  
  • Mycle Wastman: Bkg Vocals** 
  • Reese Wynans: Hammond B3, Piano

*The Heart Attack Horns:  The Mexican End, Healing Ground, Blew Me Away, Just Plain Sick, Friends, You Might Be Wrong, Stop Hurting Me, My Father's Eye 

**She is It, You Might Be Wrong, Healing Ground