Jimmy Jewell started out in 1962 playing tenor sax with various R&B and jazz bands in the north of England. In 1963 he decided to turn professional and joined the group Kris Ryan and the Questions, originally a rock band, which due to his influence, switched to playing R&B and Soul/Jazz, a la Ray Charles & James Brown. The band got a record deal with Mercury and 2 singles and an EP were released. The manager of the band wanted it to move in a more commercial direction and a solo single by Ryan was released. Jimmy left the band in 1965.
He moved down to London in 1966 and played briefly with a soul band, Mack’s Sound. Whilst on tour in Germany with the Paramounts, backing Chris Andrews, he accepted an offer to join a Berlin band, the Magics. He toured with them in Germany until Spring 1967, then returned to London. He did a few gigs with Screaming Lord Sutch, then joined another soul band, the Stewart James Inspiration. He toured with them in England and Germany until they disbanded in 1968.
In 1969 he joined the Keef Hartley Band, a progressive blues/rock group, along with trumpeter Henry Lowther. A few weeks later, they were one of the few British bands to play the Woodstock festival, critics at the time comparing them favourably with Blood Sweat And Tears. He appeared on the album The Battle of North West Six (1969) then left together with Lowther while the band were recording The Time is Near (1970).
What the critics said about I'm amazed - an amazingly good album - Melody Maker.
Jewell deserves his showcase and deserves sales as well - Music Week.
Me and Jimmy Jewell are feeling mellow together - New Musical Express.
A real hot one - Manchester Evening News.
From the first time I met you - Sounds like an album with staying power cured my Monday morning depression better than any aspirin. Those that have ears, please listen - Sounds.
There is throughout this album a feeling of directness and a quality of unpretentious melodic playing which is totally captivating - Jazz Journal.
Jewell's music is cool, flowing, sometimes intricate but always relaxing - Music Week.
An album with real personality a pleasure to listen to - The Hot Press
Jewell is a powerful saxophonist - Manchester Evening News.