"jimjam unleash a creamy-cool, summer groove delight that cruises along with a precision and breeziness that is pure pleasure"
Born from a few incomplete song ideas passed to Jim by Hamish looking for further inspiration, alongside In and Hamish's desire to record Jim's melodic virtuosity, with kindred spirit Pino Palladino, jimjam evolved into a spontaneous composing and recording session spanning the summer and winter of '99 in drummer Ian Thomas' garage studio. The initial concept was to finish the idea that Hamish and Jim had started and make the rest of the album up of Donny Hathaway tunes but after a few sessions together the ideas were flowing so thick and fast that the concept was scrapped and they simply composed - affording so much spontaneity the tunes were recorded before they really knew them. Jim's solos are so to the point and memorable - he doesn't belabour his ideas, making his statement concisely. Graham Harvey overdubbed Fender Rhodes on most tracks - every one a first take! Andy Wallace played organ on 'Lizards' and Jody Linscott added some percussion to the sterling work of Ian. As we were finishing our lunch one day somebody said time for 'jimjam' and the tag stuck.
Jim Mullen along with tenor saxophonist Dick Morrissey with their Morrissey Mullen band was the beginning of authentic jazz-funk in Britain and he remains a seminal figure of the British jazz scene whether playing with his own jazz quartet or in demand with visiting American artists like Terry Callier, Mose Allison and Jimmy Smith. He has recently been voted British Jazz Guitarist of the Year 2000 & 2001.
Pino Palladino became famous for his lyrical fretless bass on Paul Young's "wherever I lay my hat" which propelled him into the top echelon of in-demand players worldwide. His c.v. now reads like a who's who of popular music: Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Elton John and most recently Des'ree, Lauren Hill and the new D'Angelo album.
Ian Thomas who had already worked with Jim Mullen in the early nineties is a man who seems equally comfortable playing flat-out free jazz or simple dynamic funky r&b. He also has an impressive list of credits from movies and albums to live work with the likes of Seal, Sting, George Michael, Tom Jones and Ray Charles.
Hamish Stuart lead-singer, guitarist and songwriter with the Average White band from '72-'82 also has numerous performing and song-writing credits with Chaka Khan, George Benson, Aretha Franklin, David Sanborn and Quincy Jones plus 5 years with Paul McCartney before starting his own band which includes Ian on drums.