Album Notes - Durand Jones - Wait Til I Get Over
Album Notes has been Durand Jones adjacent on at least two occasions. The 2021 year-end roundup of favorite tracks included, "If Not Now (Then When)" from The Bamboos with Jones on vocals. Introducing..., the debut from Aaron Frazer, drummer/co-songwriter/singer of Jones' band The Indications, was also featured here back in 2021. Now Jones enters the solo realm and hot damn does it put the full range of his vocal prowess on display.
Wait Til I Get Over is an homage to and reflection on Hillaryville, Louisiana, the hometown and locale that clearly left an indelible impression on the singer. The opening tune is named after his grandmother, her thoughts form the spoken word second track, and she's referenced throughout the 42-minute dive into the history of an area founded by, as alluded to in that second cut, eight slaves who received the land as reparations after the Civil War. Jones' experiences and reflections on the region flesh out the rest of the record, all before it concludes with the sound of waves, undoubtedly in reverence of the Mighty Mississippi. An impassioned vocalist giving his all on soul, R&B, and gospel, Wait Til I Get Over is a glorious blend that will leave you jonesing for more.