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A great trio!
The album appeared at the end of last year and fell through the rust somehow. Jerome Mazza was already attracted by his participation in Steve Walsh's solo album "Black Butterfly", now the American has his second own making at the start.
The opener "Neverland" is already doing very well and somehow has a certain FM bias - the credits in the booklet bring the riddle solution, as Steve Overland is co-author of the 12 songs and Jerome also provides vocal support, on "Immortal" and "Undercover Love", the two share quite congenial the lead vocals. Oh yeah, and Steve's songwriting partner is Tommy Denander, who recently performed here, who also conjures up tons of Melodic Rock beads on "Outlaw Son" and refines them with signature riffs and licks.
If you like FM and generally high-class genre music, you are well served here, as an introduction tip is "Streets On Fire" recommended.
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JEROME MAZZA - Outlaw Son
How some could miss this album ??? I remain stunned because it is so much loved by many people, it is also considered by others as a dispensable opus.
I am undeniably part of the first category! So much so that it will be the last test to be part of my top 2018.
Jerome Mazza is an American singer that I did not know at all except his participation in Black Butterfly Steve Walsh's latest solo. On the other hand, his passage at Angelica or Pinnacle Point had not reached my ears. His stint on the Steve Walsh had to make him meet Tommy Denander since he finds himself taking care of everything or almost on this Outlaw Son .
I say almost because we also note the significant contribution of Steve Overland. I said that I was surprised that some have missed because we are between a mix of Radioactive, FM with a vocalist with a voice identical to that of the singer in Kansas less riddled. In short, I spend a great time with this album that has no weak titles or bad titles. A Night Ranger style on the energetic Outlaw Son or Neverland with good guitars very upset, another very Radioactive with Crossfire, titles cut for the voice of Mazza but also for that of Overland the proof with the superb duo Streets On Fire. We also think of Khymera on The Dark Side short of vintage with a big sound and a huge prod. Mazza is also a great singer and deserves to be followed very carefully because he is likely to talk a lot about him in the future.
Thank you to all this small world to offer us this musical quality and I ask those who did not like to reject an ear anyway because frankly, this opus cannot be cleavable.
3. The Dark Side
4. Streets On Fire
5. The Last Goodbye
6. Undercover Love
7. Song For The People
8. Save The Best Til Last
10. Calm Before The Storm
11 Outlaw Sound
12. Unfinished Business
... Line Up: Jerome Mazza (vocals) Tommy Denander (guitars, keyboards) Brian J Anthony (bass) Chris Metzger (drums) + Steve Overland (choirs)
Year : 2018 Label : Escape Production : Tommy Denander
Thank you, Fab, of RockMeeting.com
“Outlaw Son” is the second solo album from Jerome Mazza, a singer/songwriter and producer from Pittsburgh. He has previously fronted the bands Angelica and Pinnacle Point. The album was released by Escape Music on 23rd November. I included the title track “Outlaw Son” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 30th November and “The Dark Side” on the Show on 28th December.
Mazza was in a number of local bands and worked as a session singer before joining Christian rock band Angelica for the release of their second album “Walking In Faith” in 1990.
A self-titled solo album was released in 2015 before Mazza went on to from the band Pinnacle Point in 2016, releasing the album “Winds of Change” in 2017. He also worked with former Kansas frontman Steve Walsh on “Black Butterfly”, providing lead and backing vocals on the album that was released via Escape Music in November 2017.
Working with Mazza on the album are guitarist and keyboard player Tommy Denander, bass player Brian Anthony and drummer Chris Metzger. The album also features backing vocals from FM frontman Steve Overland. Check out Jerome Mazza’s website at http://jeromemazza.com/
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JEROME MAZZA Outlaw Son Escape Music [Release date 23.11.18]
Jerome Mazza came to prominence with Christian melodic rockers Angelica (their back catalog is well worth tracking down) and more recently appearing on former Kansas vocalist Steve Walsh’s excellent ‘Black Butterfly’ album released last year. The same musicians who appeared on that album back Jerome on this album, including Tommy Denander and FM’s Steve Overland, whose distinctive vocals add greatly the backing vocals sound.
Jerome says he is heavily influenced by Kansas and you can certainly hear that on ‘Song For The People’ and ‘Streets On Fire’, the latter sounds uncannily like Steve Walsh singing at times. Elsewhere, ‘Neverland’ recalls Nelson and Harem Scarem, good quality, fast-paced melodic/pop rock. The ballad ‘Undercover Love’ recalls the Sign or a Mike Slamer produced the album – the ‘Slamer sound’ does pop-up throughout the course of the album.
High-quality melodic rock worthy of a listen, even more so if you hanker after 80?s era Kansas as you will doubtless love ‘Outlaw Son’. ***1/2
Review by Jason Ritchie
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Jerome Mazza - 'Outlaw Son' HOTAdded by Central Electronic Brain December 27, 2018Artist: Jerome MazzaTitle: Outlaw SonLabel: Escape MusicGenre: Melodic Rock
A collection of songs that raise the bar in today's Melodic Rock scene.
In 2017, Pinnacle Point released one of the best Melodic Prog albums of the year, which featured the fantastic voice of Jerome Mazza. This record came to the attention of Escape Music, and they arranged for Mazza to add some vocals to none other than ex-Kansas "Vocal-God" Steve Walsh's solo album 'Black Butterfly'. Mazza's voice added something special to that release and not only was he asked to add backing vocals, he was also invited to take the lead on some tracks which no doubt raised his profile in the Rock community.
Escape Music knew there was something exceptional about Mazza and signed him to a solo deal, and as a result of this, his new album entitled 'Outlaw Son' is about to be released. Featuring Tommy Denander (guitar, keyboards and production), Brian Anthony (bass), Chris Metzger (drums) and Steve Overland (vocals), 'Outlaw Son' is simply one of the best records of its kind that I've heard for many years and I suspect it's destined to be included in many year-end favorite release lists.
Sounding like a cross between Streets, Kansas and Slamer, we get twelve Melodic Rock songs that many of today's wannabes could only dream of creating. There's not a filler to be heard, and with a major league production adding to the overall quality, this is an album that demands to be heard. Okay, so it's nothing new in terms of originality, but it more than makes up for it in quality with wonderful musicianship and exceptional vocals.
I won't try to pick a favorite track because they keep changing every time I listen and I can honestly say there isn't a single song I want to skip. It's not often that an album keeps the consistency up through every track, but Mazza has achieved that with a collection of songs that raise the bar in today's Melodic Rock scene. Jerome Mazza is currently on a roll (there's a new Pinnacle Point record also in the works), but hopefully, he will be able to schedule some live dates in the not too distant future.
Reviewer: Carl Noonan
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Wim R.: Call it coincidence, but last year former Kansas singer Steve Walsh’s final solo album ‘Black Butterfly’ topped my year list. Link with this album is singer Jerome Mazza. Walsh asked Mazza to guest on some songs. He immediately convinced and surprised many with his incredible range and resemblance to Walsh his voice. The former Angelica singer made a huge impact and return on the melodic scene. Now, here we have Mazza’s solo album ‘Outlaw Son’. Mazza collaborated with Tommy Denander on this album. This Swedish guitarist and composer is a well-known name in the AOR scene. This album definitely has Denander his stamp on it, just listen to his guitar and keyboard parts and compositions. Another known name is Steve Overland. The FM singer contributes backing vocals and has a vocal duet with Mazza on ‘Streets On Fire’. And…what a cracker of an album this is. Thirteen songs of sheer melodic rock as it is meant to be played and sung. The excellent musicianship really makes all of the songs shine. With thirteen songs, you normally would have a weak song or two. Not in this case. This album is too short! Survivor, in its glory days, is a good resemblance to what you can expect. Although the guitar work is way more crunchy. If we would have known Mazza earlier we would have been able to enjoy his great voice earlier. And I conclude with one last resemblance to Walsh’s ‘Black Butterfly’. This album will top my year list this year.
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Jerome Mazza's Outlaw Son Is Melodic Rock Perfection
Jerome Mazza – Lead & Background vocals
Tommy Denander – Guitars / Keyboards
Steve Overland – Backing vocals
Brian Anthony – Bass
Chris Metzger – Drums / percussionCourtesy of Escape MusicAbout 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 leadoff 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 storyline. 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 its 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.
Thanks to The Real Music Observer. Much appreciated.
Together with guitarist Torben Enevoldsen working under the name Pinnacle Point singer/keyboardist Jerome Mazza surprised many with the 2016 album ‘Winds Of Change’. Sure, the resemblance with Kansas was undeniable and it raised the question why Kansas did not recruit Jerome as the replacement of the departed Steve Walsh as both singers had clear similarities in their vocal approach. In 2017 Jerome was invited as a guest vocalist for the ‘Black Butterfly’ album, a CD by Steve Walsh for Escape Music. Jerome did a duet with Steve and sang solo on the album as well, making that record one of the best melodic rock albums of 2017. Escape Music owner Khali Turk was so impressed with Jerome’s achievements that he quickly signed him up for his label and surrounded him with more or less the same team that recorded and produced ‘Black Butterfly’. That means that Swedish master Tommy Denander got involved on guitars, keyboards, production and co-writing the songs and also Brian J Anthony (bass/mixing and mastering), FM’s Steve Overland on background vocals and drummer Chris Metzger leaving Jerome Mazza free to concentrate on the writing and singing. If you are familiar with the two above mentioned albums I am sure that you will appreciate ‘Outlaw Son’ as it is packed with first-class melodic rock material. The twelve songs are rich in variety, in some cases, they are extremely catchy and they have enough balls (the title track) to brush away any skepticism you might have about the heaviness of the music. Mazza impresses all the way. For me, the song,, Undercover Love’’ has all the ingredients a classic melodic rock song should have: the vocals are superb, the chorus catchy, the guitar heavy. It is easy on the ear but it also has balls. And there are more of these kind of little jewels featured on ‘Outlaw Son’ but I am not going to describe them to the T for you. Because that would just spoil the fun of discovering for yourself how bloody good ‘Outlaw Son’ has become. And yes Tommy Denander is there as well with his trademark guitar sound on a song like, "Song For The People’’. Ever since Denander's Rainmaker CD and the Radio Active records so many years ago Tommy has developed a sound of his own, a sound that is able to blend in with any singer doing his thing, making sure a bit of extra class and familiarity is present without overtaking the limelight. That limelight is clearly on Jerome Mazza and the overall quality of the song material but what a joy it must have been for him to be able to count on a team that brings experience and unmatched quality to the table. Essential!s://www.headbangerslifestyle.com/albums/1652/jerome-mazza-outlaw-son-escape-music
Thank you, Headbangers Lifestyle and reviewer Michel van de Moosdijk.
JEROME MAZZA Solo Album 'Outlaw Son' Out Nov 23
Escape Music is pleased and delighted to announce the release date of JEROME MAZZA latest album title “Outlaw Son”.Jerome Mazza – Outlaw SonRelease Date: November 23, 2018Catalogue Number: ESM324Track list: Neverland / Immortal / The Dark Side / Streets On Fire / The Last Goodbye / Undercover Love / Song For The People / Save The Best ‘Til Last / Crossfire / Calm Before The Storm / Outlaw Son / Unfinished BusinessJerome Mazza – Lead & Background vocals
Tommy Denander – Guitars / Keyboards
Steve Overland – Backing vocals
Brian Anthony – Bass
Chris Metzger – Drums / percussionProduced by: Khalil Turk & Tommy DenanderMixed and Mastered by: Brian J AnthonyExecutive Producer: Khalil Turk for Escape Music Ltd.Jerome Mazza is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennyslvania.
At the age of 8 he taught himself how to play the guitar and sing after being influenced by guitarist and singer Mark Farner (Grand Funk).Playing guitar and singing through his teenage years Jerome joined his first band at age 19 and toured the east coast in various rock and pop bands. He started writing songs at age 25 and was very influenced by progressive rock band Kansas.In 1990 Jerome became the vocalist for Christian metal band Angelica. To this day the album “Walking in Faith” by Angelica remains their most respected release.Moving on to 2015 Jerome recorded a solo album and then joined forces with Torben Enevoldsen for the band “Pinnacle Point”. It was at this point that Khalil from Escape music approached Jerome when he discovered Jerome on YouTube singing for the band “Pinnacle Point”. Khalil invited Jerome to sing with Steve Walsh on the song “Born In Fire” on the new Steve Walsh CD “Black Butterfly” (Nov 2017 ESM311). Jerome’s performance was so outstanding that Khalil asked him to be a guest to sing additional songs on the Steve Walsh “Black Butterfly” album. It was an easy decision for Jerome to make and the result was explosive!It became obvious that Jerome should record a new solo album and here it is in all its glory! This is a masterpiece of melodic rock featuring Jerome’s incredible vocal range. With backing from musicians that were also featured on the Steve Walsh “Black Butterfly” album, this will be one of the most talked about releases of the year!www.Escape-Music.comThu 11 Oct
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Jerome Mazza - Outlaw Son
Almost four years after his first album, veteran Jerome Mazza returns to the scene with "Outlaw Son," with the illustrious company of Swedish Tommy Denander and legendary Steve Overland. Over the years, Mazza has joined the bands Angelica and Pinnacle Point, as well as participating in the latest album by veteran Steve Walsh, released in 2017. With a very contemporary sound and well-constructed songs, Mazza's return is one of the great surprises of year.
The album features songs that are very cool and diverse, as one can notice in the rockers "Neverland" and "Immortal", in addition to the paced "The Dark Side" (whose introduction reminds me of Kansas’ "Carry On Wayward Son") and the thrilling "Streets On Fire," with its grinding chorus. All four songs are worthy of your full attention and of those already traditional multiple auditions in full volume.
"The Last Goodbye" is another captivating rocker with sticky chorus, while "Undercover Love" comes as an engaging mid-pacer, just like "Song For The People," a rhythmic rocker with abundant keyboards in the arrangement, "Til Last" is an imposing rocker, where the keyboards and guitars divide space in this song that sounds very much with material that Brits of FM have been doing lately, especially in the refrain. Here are four other great moments of the album that deserve your unrestricted attention.
We still have the great rockers "Crossfire" and "Calm Before The Storm" (with their well-crafted and full-faceted arrangement), plus the frenetic "Outlaw Son" and "Unfinished Business", the latter with a more classic arrangement and a quietly refrain explosive. Finally, this Japanese edition brings the great "Streets On Fire" transformed into a duet with the legendary Steve Overland, in one of the great moments of the album. But I confess I would also like to see a duet on "Save The Best 'Til Last." Anyway, we can’t win all the time.
In short, my dear friends, "Outlaw Son" marks the return of Jerome Mazza in style. Overall, the album is well cohesive and features a carefully assembled tracklist. The production of Tommy Denander is better than we usually expect from him, and the presence of Steve Overland only adds quality and brightness to what was already pretty cool. If it's not an exponent album, "Outlaw Son" is undoubtedly one of the best works of AOR / Melodic Rock of the year and that will certainly surprise you.
03 The Dark Side
04 Streets On Fire
05 The Last Goodbye
06 Undercover Love
07 Song For The People
08 Save The Best 'Til Last
10 Calm Before The Storm
11 Outlaw Son
12 Unfinished Business
13 Streets Of Fire (With Steve Overland) (Bonus Track)
By Juliano Mallon
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