Sunday, June 17, 2007

Review - DUKE ROBILLARD - Guitar Groove-a-Rama

GUITAR GROOVE-A-RAMA
Duke Robillard
Stony Plain Records
9-out-of-10
Well it seems this week is six string week for my reviews. This time we are talking about one of the most prolific guitar players in the field of blues today in terms of time in the studio. Duke Robillard is a machine when it comes to laying down tracks. The guy has recorded 17 albums since 1984 were he is the featured player, and literally dozens of others were he has lent his guitar hand on other albums. Just check out http://www.dukerobillard.com/discography.cfm and you will see just how many hours this guy must have spent in the studio in the last couple of decades.
Once again Robillard highlights smooth blues guitar here, not surprising considering the CD's title. In some cases he allows the guitar to be the sole focus of a cut, such as the instrumental Do The Memphis Grind, Sunday Morning and a nice take on the classic Danny Boy.
On other cuts, such as Sewed Up and Gambler Blues Robillard adds in vocals.
The true gem here though is the title-cut, a 16:11 attribute effort where Robillard pays homage to 10 of the greatest blues guitarists in history, from Muddy Waters to Eddie Jones to Lowell Fulsom and B.B. King.
It's a nice, and effective mix, all held together by Robillard's guitar work.
Again, if you are a fan of guitar, especially with a blues feel, then this is the one for you. Look for it.
-- CALVIN DANIELS

- Review first appeared Yorkton This Week newspaper May 2, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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