'2 Sides to Jimmy B'


review from NZ Musician

NZ Musician, DECEMBER 2013
By Bing Turkby
After Jimmy Bonar's previous CD ‘Working Class’, he took inspiration from Paul McCartney's album ‘Kisses on the Bottom’ and recorded an album of 14 jazz standards – quite a departure from his previous album of self-penned adult contemporary rock work. Sensibly playing to his strengths, he has generally chosen crooners over belters. He might not have the strongest voice, but he can gently swing his way through classics like Moon River and The Shadow of Your Smile in convincing fashion. Using pre- recorded backing tracks makes for a very even and tidy experience, though obviously you never get to hear any band members stretch out. Of course this album is all about Bonar’s voice so that’s not a criticism, just an observation. One actual criticism would be that there’s a too much vocal vibrato for my tastes, but as I’m not a trained singer I may be missing the point with material like this. The self- produced collection certainly shows that Bonar would be a wise choice for a classy function just about anywhere, indeed on YouTube you can see him serenading passers-by in a trendy cafe-filled Melbourne alleyway!

available from:

Southbound Records, 69 Mt Eden Rd, Auckland

Real Groovy Records, 438 Queen St, Auckland
(filed under NZ artists)  
My Generation Music, 54 Clyde Rd, Browns Bay, Auckland

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'Working Class'


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from the Central Leader, an Auckland newspaper

The Artist

Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand,
40 something Jimmy is an accomplished vocalist, drummer and rythym guitarist.

His musical influences are varied -
The Beatles, Sheryl Crow, Ryan Adams,
Andy Williams, Peggy Lee and Tony Bennett to name but a few.

Music is the consuming passion of his life.

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