Who do Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones and Alison Krauss rely on for their sound to breathe the intoxicating half-world spirit of the French Quarter of New Orleans? To a man from Kent, southeast England, Jon Cleary. He is clearly positioned in the business and therefore does not have to complain about a lack of jobs as a sideman. A quiet guy, this Jon Cleary, who likes to be understated when he claims he can do everything a bit, but nothing really right. Every now and then his clients give him so much time to breathe that he finds time for his own songwriting.
The result is an album like 'Dyna-mite' - a multifaceted business card for all those who didn't know that the British also have their Dr. John. Cleary's voice is a bit more reserved, but his piano playing is all the more gripping, no matter if with danceable uptempo tracks like the title track or melancholic ballads like 'Frenchman Street Blues'.