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Guitarist Jimmy McIntosh Releases New Album Featuring Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood!

Featuring guest appearances by guitar
legends Ronnie Wood, John Scofield and Mike Stern!

As a follow up to 2006’s
‘Orleans to London’, guitarist Jimmy McIntosh once again finds himself in
illustrious company on his new album ‘Jimmy McIntosh and…’ This collection of
funk, rock, jazz and blues originals showcases McIntosh’s considerable
six-string prowess and features the Michigan native exchanging incendiary licks
with his personal guitar heroes John Scofield , Mike Stern and the Rolling
Stones’ Ronnie Wood. The solid backbeats are supported by Toss Panos (drummer of
choice for guitarists Robben Ford and Mike Landau), bassists Dan Lutz, John
Humphrey and Keith Hubacher and New Orleans keyboardist Ivan Neville (of The
Neville Brothers, Keith Richards’ X-Pensive Winos and Dumpstaphunk). This
stellar outing was definitely a labor of love for McIntosh.


For ‘Jimmy McIntosh and…’, McIntosh
recruited Scofield and Stern from his home base, Las Vegas. Says Jimmy, “I got
to know John and Mike about 12 years ago when there was a Blue Note jazz club in
Las Vegas and became good friends with both of them. The Vegas Blue Note was
short-lived, but I was there almost every night for the duration of their gigs.
I’ve jammed with Mike several times and asked him, ‘If I make another record,
will you play on it?’ And Mike said ‘sure’! Toss Panos, John Humphrey and I went
into Toss’s North Hollywood studio with Mike when he was in Los Angeles playing
with his band at Catalina’s. Mike’s playing on this album is just brilliant.
Then John happened to come through town with Phil Lesh & Friends just a few
months ago. I had mentioned to him that I was doing this album and he said,
‘Hey, if you still have room on your CD, I’d love to play on it.’ So that came
to fruition as well. It was a dream come true for me to create this CD with
three major heroes of mine and who have also become very good friends over the


McIntosh’s friendship with Ronnie Wood goes
back to his solo debut, ‘Orleans to London’. Jimmy recalls, “I first met Ronnie
backstage at a Stones show in Las Vegas. Ronnie and Keith Richards were hanging
out with Bobby Womack in the ‘Tuning Room’ were they Jam to warm up before the
show. Art Neville did me a huge favor and called Jane Rose for me to meet Keith
and Ronnie. It was a wedding gift as I got married a week before (This was April
1999). Anyway a few years later I recorded my first CD ‘Orleans To London’ and
Art Neville, Ivan Neville, Cyril Neville and Mean Willie Green (Neville Bros
drummer) played on it. As I was near the end of the project in October 2004 I
got in touch with Ronnie Wood through his stepson (Jamie Wood) who was his
manager at the time and told him about my project. Three weeks later my wife and
I flew to London and went to Ronnie’s house in Richmond were he played on 5
tracks (first takes). Ronnie said, ‘I told Jeff Beck about your project and he
might come by to play’ – I was in shock! About 2 hours later Jeff showed up and
ended up playing on 3 tracks. Ronnie said as Jeff was recording, ‘You can’t
believe how lucky you are, he won’t play on anything!’ I’m not sure what Ronnie
told him about the Neville’s being on the record but it was amazing having both
those guys on the record. Jeff is credited as ‘Hot Rod’ on ‘Orleans To London’
because his manager wouldn’t let me use his name. 

“Ronnie and I hit it off fantastically and
stayed in touch so when I started a second record I was hoping he would play on
it. I covered a tune from Ronnie’s latest album called ‘I Gotta See’. Ronnie
plays a great solo and outro slide solo on the song. Ronnie and I also played
two improvised Jams that open and close the album like bookends. The Jams are
just the two of us live in the studio without the band. The Rolling Stones have
been my favorite band since I was a kid so getting to work and play with Ronnie
is literally a dream come true. Ronnie is truly a great artist. It’s amazing
that all of the iconic records Ronnie has played on were mostly first takes on
his part. He is really underrated as a musician. I wrote six originals for
‘Jimmy McIntosh and…’ Ronnie wrote one of the Jams ‘Fast Blues’ and we share
credit on the opener ‘Slow Blues’. I covered a few tunes… ‘I Gotta See’ by
Ronnie Wood, ‘Demon’ by Keith Richards, ’32 20 Blues’ by Robert Johnson and
‘Sophisticated Lady’ by Duke Ellington. Duke Ellington was a friend of my family
when I was a little kid and greatly encouraged my interest in music. When I
played French Horn in the Junior High School band I told my mom I was going to
change something in the music. She asked Mr Ellington if I should do that and he
said, ‘I think you have a musician there!’ 

“The record was recorded at Toss Panos
studio in North Hollywood. Toss is a great drummer I first heard with Michael
Landau. John Humphrey (Scott Henderson Trio) is on bass on most of the record.
Keith Hubacher is on bass on two tracks and Ivan Neville plays organ and Piano.
Albert Wing who played with Frank Zappa among others plays Tenor Sax on ‘I Gotta
See’ and ‘Demon’, a Keith Richards cover. Ronnie and Ivan are on both of my
records which I’m very proud of. It connects the two projects.” 

Born on October 14, 1958 in Sao Paolo,
Brazil, Jimmy McIntosh grew up in the small town of Temperance, Michigan. After
graduating from high school in 1976, Jimmy attended the Berklee College of Music
for two years. Over the years McIntosh has played with R&B singer Doris
Troy, Billy Preston, Little Anthony & The Imperials, and backed up Buddy
Hackett and Ben Vereen, Since 1990, McIntosh has played regularly in the popular
Lon Bronson All-Stars Band, a powerhouse horn band. The Lon Bronson band had a
longstanding weekly residency at the Riviera, where they entertained crowds ’til
the wee hours and featured such special guests sitting in as former Doobie
Brothers guitarist and producer Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, guitarist Joe Walsh,
Members of TOP, comedian (and sometime trumpeter) Drew Carey,
bassist-magician-comedian Penn Jillette and former “Tonight Show” guitarist,
bandleader and Jay Leno sidekick Kevin Eubanks. In 1999, following his
longstanding engagement with the “Legends” show, McIntosh moved to the Rio Hotel
to perform in a show with pop stars Sheena Easton and David Cassidy, then worked
for the following two years in Cassidy’s touring band. He has subsequently
played with pianist-composer David Foster, Donna Summer, Kenny Logins, Gloria
Gaynor and played in musical theater productions of “Mamma Mia” and “Jersey

And now, after several years, Jimmy’s long
awaited sophomore album is now available! In closing Jimmy has this to impart,
“My new album ‘Jimmy McIntosh and…’ is a real labor of love and hope people
enjoy it!” 

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