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Jeff Scheetz Band – Beggars, Rogues & ThievesJeff Scheetz Band – Beggars, Rogues & Thieves
{2003 | Bam Zoom! Records}

Kansas City’s own Jeff Scheetz band is: Matt Waddill (Bass & Lead Vocal), Kent Burnham (Drums & Percussion), Jeff Scheetz (Guitar & Native American Flute) and Ted Gardner (Hammond B3, Keys & Vocals).

Beggars, Rogues & Thieves has twelve all original tracks:

1. Beggars, Rogues and Thieves – hardcore high intensity playing reminiscent of classic rock.

2. Longest Night of My Life – I liked the combination of hard rock and backing Hammond B-3, for me the highlight was the southern rock-like guitar solo.

3. Get Out and Jump – the vocals were great, the band was tight perhaps even overpowering.

4. You Captivate Me – a slower song that lacked the intensity of the other tracks, this suits my liking.

5. Situational Comedy – kinda reminded me of Clapton with the Bluesbreakers meets the Scorpions. This is blues rock.

6. Guilty – I really liked the guitar and organ on this song, vocally the best so far.

7. Superwoman – this song is a good example of the bands cohesiveness.

8. Work, Work, Work, Work, Work – the fast piano was good, woulda’ liked more. The song went back-and-forth between two different melodies, like two, two songs in one.

9. Wicked Ways – a tad slower to start, gets kickin’ then back slow. I liked the guitar parts during the slower parts the best.

10. Beautiful Day – cool song, guitar had some distortion almost Hendrix-like.

11. Free My Soul – guitar chops with both the feel and intensity of Stevie Ray Vaughan.

12. Buffalo Jam – instrumental rock song with a Native American Flute little bonus.

This CD is not for the weak hearted, if you don’t like it hard and loud you won’t dig Beggars, Rougues & Thieves. At first thought it reminded me of older Sammy Hagar, Def Leopard, the Scorpi0ns, some Clapton all mixed together. I didn’t get the feeling this is a blues band as much as a classic rock band. As a hard rockin’ CD it’s a 4 outta 5.

Ciao’ for now, peace.

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