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by Chris Strieder on Jerome MAZZA
Jerome Mazza - OUTLAW SON

A really cool AOR Melodic Hardrock disc will be released at the end of November on the Escape label. The singer and guitarist Jerome Mazza began his career in 1990 with the band "Angelica". From then on he was able to make a name for himself as a session musician and songwriter, among others for "Kansas" singer Steve Walsh. On his new solo CD "Outlaw" sounds a lot after the cult band "Streets" (a side project by Steve Walsh and guitar legend Mike Slamer). Jerome Mazza (lead vocals & background vocals), Tommy Denander (guitars & keyboards), Steve Overland (backing vocals), Brian Anthony (bass) and Chris Metzger (drums/percussion) beat the melodic rock fan one after the other ears. Each of the 12 songs knows to inspire. For me the surprise of the year and in the area melodic hard rock a direct hit. Nine points.

Thank you very much, Chris Strieder of Darkstars Magazine.

by Tony Sison on Jerome MAZZA
Outlaw Son - Jerome Mazza (Escape Music) - Release date: November 23, 2018

Review of OUTLAW SON by Jerome Mazza
(Escape Music)

by Tony Sison, The Dedicated Rocker Society

Singer, Jerome Mazza's (Angelica/Pinnacle Point) highly anticipated debut release, 'Outlaw Son', will have your undivided attention once you hit play. The songwriting is outstanding and the message is clear. This release has an edge to it with solid guitar work, but it is still sprinkled with moments of driving keys and of course the blessed and powerful vocals of Jerome Mazza.  Backing him up are a group of seasoned musicians, Tommy Denander (guitar, keyboards) Steve Overland (backing vocals), Brian Anthony (bass) and Chris Metzger (drums). There are a fine bunch of songs that will hook you from beginning to end. I am amazed at the quality and consistency in the songwriting and the production. Highlights include, "Neverland", "The Dark Side", "The Last Goodbye", "Undercover Love", "Calm Before The Storm" and the adrenaline pumping title track. It is music as it's meant to be; moving, telling stories that stir up your emotions and take you on a journey. The bottom line here is if you like Jerome's work with Pinnacle Point or his work with Steve Walsh, this debut outing is a must. An album that is perfectly produced and a pleasure to listen to, start to finish. Thank you, Jerome! - Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

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Thank you, Dedicated Rocker Society. Much appreciated.

by TONY FARLEY on Jerome MAZZA
OUTLAW SON

ITS INTERESTING HOW A GRANDAD TO TWO AT THE AGE OF 58 AND WHO HAS BRAIN DAMAGE FROM A BLEED ON THE BRAIN 22 YEARS AGO CAN BECOME EXCITED AGAIN ALMOST LIKE A TEENAGER PRIOR TO AN ALBUM RELEASE, WITH ME IT IS RARE BUT IF YOU PUT JEROME MAZZAS NAME TO IT ITS A GIVEN. JEROME IS HIS OWN MAN, SOUND WISE HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTS AND THE BEST WAY TO GET IT THE LYRICS ARE ALWAYS A PERFECT FIT THE MUSICIANS STELLAR THE PRODUCTION PROFOUND. I CANT OVEREMPHASIZE WHAT A MASSIVE FAN I AM AND HOW MUCH THIS MAN HAS CHANGED MY LIFE VAN HALEN, TOTO, KANSAS, RUSH, AD, BOSTON AND JOURNEY CAME CLOSE BUT JEROME HAS SOMETHING EXTRA A BEAUTIFUL MAGICAL GOD GIVEN VOICE AND AN UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT MAKES THE PERFECT MELODIC ROCK SONG ADD TO THAT A DETERMINATION WHICH IS AS STRONG AS HIS MODESTY- STAY TUNED FOR A FULL ALBUM REVIEW OF OUTLAW SON DUE TO DROP 23RD NOV 2018 WHICH I ALREADY KNOW WILL BE ONE OF THE GREATEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME... AND I MEAN THAT
MUCH PEACE AND LOVE
T.F.
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by TONY FARLEY on Jerome MAZZA
STREETS ON FIRE

STREETS ON FIRE FROM THE FORTHCOMING JEROME MAZZA ALBUM OUTLAW SON IN DEPTH, TIMELESS, EVOCATIVE MELODIC ROCK GENIUS ON EVERY SINGLE LEVEL IF YOU LIKED JOE LYNN TURNER YOU WILL LOVE THIS TRACK IT IS A MILLION TIMES BETTER ON EVERY LEVEL, IVE SAID IT BEFORE AND ILL SAY IT AGAIN A NEW STAR IS BORN.....
MUCH PEACE AND LOVE
T.F.
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POSTSCRIPT- YOU ARE REWRITING MELODIC ROCK MUSIC HISTORY JEROME

by TONY FARLEY on Jerome MAZZA
EXPLOSIVE

WOW I EXPECTED THIS DEBUT SINGLE TO BE AMAZING BUT THIS BRAND NEW SONG IMMORTAL FROM THE NEW ALBUM OUTLAW SON BY JEROME IS EXPLOSIVE, BEYOND EXCITING AND I FEEL THE MOST IMPORTANT DEBUT SINGLE FROM ANY ALBUM EVER. THIS IS POLISHED HAS REAL MEANING A DYNAMIC MESSAGE AND A MUSICAL BACKBONE WHICH IS A UNIQUE DIAMOND IN THE MAYBE SOMETIMES RUSTY MELODIC WORLD OF MELODIC ROCK ONE WORD- PERFECTION.
ONLY MATCHED WITH WHAT MAYBE ONE OF THE FINEST ROCK MUSIC VIDEOS EVER- ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT AS A DIEHARD FAN OF JEROMES THIS IS JUST ONE OF MANY REASONS THERE IS NO ONE EVEN CLOSE TO THIS MANS TALENT- AND I MEAN THAT....
MUCH PEACE AND LOVE
T.F.
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POSTSCRIPT CHECK THIS SONG OUT EITHER VIA JEROMES WEBSITE OR VIA YOUTUBE IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE....

by TONY FARLEY on Jerome MAZZA
RESURRECTION

POSTSCRIPT- IMMORTAL
THIS IS NOT ONLY AN AWARD BOUND UNIQUE MASTERPIECE IN GENERAL MUSIC TERMS BUT THIS ALSO BREATHS NEW LIFE NOT ONLY INTO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY BUT ALSO INTO ME AND AS A FAN IT LEAVES ME WANTING ONLY TO HEAR MORE IT IS A GAME CHANGER JEROME THANK-YOU
MUCH PEACE AND LOVE
T.F.
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by The Real Music Observer on Jerome MAZZA
JEROME MAZZA'S OUTLAW SON IS MELODIC ROCK PERFECTION

Band Lineup

Jerome Mazza – Lead & Background vocals
Tommy Denander – Guitars / Keyboards
Steve Overland – Backing vocals
Brian Anthony – Bass
Chris Metzger – Drums / percussion

Courtesy of Escape Music

About eighteen months ago I was fortunate enough to stumble on to Pinnacle Point's brilliant debut album Winds of Change. This collection represented some of the great music of my past. The comparisons to Kansas and the vocal skills of Jerome Mazza instantly set the underground melodic world on fire.

He was then asked to be a part of Steve Walsh's final solo album Black Butterfly. Again Mazza's voice shined, seamlessly weaving itself around Walsh's in the lead off single Born In Fire. Jerome actually got to sing three solo tracks which garnered him more international airplay and recognition.

This would all set the stage for Outlaw Son, Jerome's first solo album for The Escape Music record label. The production on Outlaw Son rivals the music on Black Butterfly. More importantly the material itself continues Mazza's upward trajectory. It doesn't hurt to have guitar ace Tommy Denander laying down tasty riffs and exquisite solos to push the music to the next level.

The album starts with "Neverland" a track that opens with a catchy guitar salvo that Neal Schon would approve of. Lyrically the world is too much for the song's character and a fantasy land of self actualization takes hold. Denander puts his icing on this cake with a fine guitar solo. "Immortal" opens with a big keyboard riff followed by Mazza's soaring tenor. If Kansas were recording modern AOR it might sound like this track. "The Dark Side" begins and ends with Mazza's voice acapella. The melody is grittier, progressive and a tad dark, which makes sense since the song is about the dark side.

Mazza is helped along in places by legendary vocalist Steve Overland. But this reviewer prefers Mazza's voice which to me has more texture at both the low and high ends of the spectrum. "Streets of Fire" might be the closest relative to a song from Black Butterfly. Overland is heard on background via a monster chorus. The story of a world in turmoil stops you in your tracks as you absorb the melody. A killer song from every angle.

Another standout track is the instantly catchy "Undercover Love" fueled by both Mazza and Denander who seem to be playing off one another. This is more great songwriting, and Jerome's voice, again is in the clouds. "Song For The People" has a raucous guitar string bending intro followed by a very smooth, yet progressive melody. Another track that could stand nicely on Black Butterfly.

"Calm Before The Storm" intros with a rapid fire guitar jam but then levels off into a big hook melodic masterpiece. Each song has equal parts melodic and progressive which will make fans of Kansas and Journey celebrate. The title track borrows a little from Night Ranger's "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" but eventually finds it's own original groove. "Unfinished Business" has a hard rocking, raw bluesy vibe through most of it, a bit of a departure from a lot of the rest of the material on Outlaw Son yet one of the strongest songs on the album!

"Crossfire" is another convincing melodic rock original that borrows some from Toto or Work of Art. It showcases Mazza's ability to go from soft to soaring. "Save The Best Til Last" is another fine melodic rock composition featuring a very optimistic story line. The bridge and guitar solo definitely find a higher level of greatness. "The Last Goodbye" might be the most progressive track on the album. Denander's opening riffs set the stage for another terrific vocal performance from Mazza, whose clarity and rich delivery are present on every track.

Outlaw Son is one of the most meticulous melodic rock records recorded in recent memory. So many attempts at this genre these days are mired in mediocrity. At times I've listened to things and forced myself to like it when in my heart I knew it was substandard. The bar has been reset on this collection of fine songs. The quality of playing and singing is truly in it's own league here. Jerome Mazza is one of the most talented and soon to be sought after vocalists on the scene today. Furthermore he's surrounded himself with great musicians who have only shed a brighter spotlight on his considerable vocal talents. As it stands, Outlaw Son will be my favorite melodic rock record of 2018.

by TONY FARLEY on Jerome MAZZA
REBIRTH

THERE IS SOMETHING VERY EXCITING HAPPENING HERE A REDISCOVERY, A REBIRTH A REDEFINING OF MODERN CONTEMPORARY MELODIC ROCK MUSIC AND ONLY A GENIUS CAN DO THIS. KERRY LIVGREN ACHIEVED THIS WITH AD, JOHN ELEFANTE WITH KANSAS, SAMMY HAGAR WITH VAN HALEN AND JOSEPH WILLIAMS WITH TOTO JEROME MAZZA HAS CREATED A VERY SPECIAL AND UNIQUE EPIPHANY HERE THE MAN OOZES TALENT AND GENIUS
OUTLAW SON IS ON THE WAY AS WELL AS PINNACLE POINT 2.... AFTER THE UNIQUE BREAKTHROUGH A WATERMARK IF YOU PLEASE OF BLACK BUTTERFLY THE STAR THAR THAT IS JEROME MAZZA IS SET TO SHINE BRIGHTER THAN EVER- EUREKA
MUCH PEACE AND LOVE
T.F.
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by TONY FARLEY on Jerome MAZZA
GREAT EXPECTATIONS

I SUPPOSE IT IS NOT THE NORM TO PUT A MESSAGE ON THE REVIEW PAGE PRIOR TO AN ALBUM RELEASE BUT MY EXCITEMENT IS UNTENABLE THE NOV 23RD 2018 RELEASE OF OUTLAW SON HAS AN EXPECTATION SURROUNDING IT WHICH HAS NEVER REALLY BEEN FELT BEFORE. JEROME HAS BEEN FINE TUNING HIS MUSIC FOR YEARS EVEN THOUGH IT REALLY FEELS HE HAS ONLY JUST ARRIVED, WHEN A MUSIC GENIUS WHO IS AS SHARP AND TALENTED AS THIS REALLY ROCKS THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE ROCK MUSIC INDUSTRY WITH THE BREATHTAKING COLLABORATION WITH STEVE WALSH ON BLACK BUTTERFLY AND THE UNIQUE PINNACLE POINT WE ALL AND I MEAN ALL GET A WAKE UP CALL....
OUTLAW SON FT THE DRAMATIC NEVERLAND GIVES ME AN EXCITEMENT I HAVE NOT FELT SINCE FIRST HEARING FOR EXAMPLE LEFTOVERTURE BY KANSAS, POWER WINDOWS BY RUSH OR RAISED ON RADIO BY JOURNEY THAT IS THE IMPORTANCE AND DEPTH OF THIS MANS TALENT. IMMORTAL, THE DARK SIDE AND OUTLAW SON HAVE LEFT ME DROOLING WITHOUT HEARING THEM BECAUSE I ALREADY KNOW HOW GOOD THEY WILL BE. THIS ALBUM IS A COMBINATION OF THINGS WHICH HAVE LED TO IT... PURE DRIVEN TALENT, SELF PROPHECY THE BEST SONGWRITING IN THE HISTORY OF MODERN ROCK MUSIC AN EAR FOR THE PERFECT MELODY AND SOME OF THE BEST MUSICIANS ON THE PLANET APPEARING ON THIS NEW OFFERING, BUT MOST OF ALL I BELIEVE THIS ALBUM HAS BEEN WRITTEN FOR THE FANS AND AS ONE I AM SO VERY GRATEFUL IN FACT BEYOND GRATEFUL, THE SEEDS HAVE BEEN SOWN HERE FOR SOME QUITE EARTH SHATTERING MUSIC- TO ALL REAL HARD MELODIC ROCK MUSIC FANS OUT THERE ORDER THIS ALBUM AS SOON AS YOU CAN IT WILL BE THE VERY BEST THING YOU HAVE EVER HEARD.
MUCH PEACE AND LOVE
T.F.
XXX

by TONY FARLEY on Jerome MAZZA
COUNTDOWN

TO ALL REAL MUSIC LOVERS THE COUNTDOWN IS ON TO THE MOST EAGERLY ANTICIPATED ALBUM OF THE YEAR- OUTLAW SON BY JEROME MAZZA ADD TO THIS THE NEW PINNACLE POINT 2 ALBUM IN THE NEW YEAR AND HERE WE HAVE THE TWO BIGGEST SELLING ALBUMS OF 2018 AND 19. THIS IS WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU PUT HARD WORK, DRIVEN ABILITY A GOD GIVEN GIFT TO ENTERTAIN, A HUMBLE MODEST NATURE, VISION AND CAPACITY TO WRITE PERFECT ROCK SONGS- GOODNESS ME IM A FAN FOR LIFE THE WORLD OF MELODIC ROCK MUSIC IS SO MUCH MORE EXCITING AND ENTERTAINING WITH JEROME IN IT- FACT....
T.F.
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