Saturday, June 6, 2009

Review -- JAY GEILS, DUKE ROBILLARD, GERRY BEAUDOIN -- New Guitar Summit:Shivers

Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, Gerry Beaudoin
Stony Plain
I'm not sure what more one could search for in terms of jazz/blues guitar than Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, and Gerry Beaudoin. All three are accomplished performers in their own right, and when you bring them together it really is three times the pleasure for the listener.
Beaudoin offers up seven-string guitar on all 11 cuts, with Geils and Robillard adding their own guitar work throughout.
The three veterans of the strings have created a sweet, and mellow disk, with a mix of original material such as Little Bitty Pretty and Wellspring Blues a pair of cumulative effort for the three, Robillard's Jim Jam, and Beaudoin's Blue Sunset, with other material such as Flying Home from Goodman and Hampton.
The result is a killer guitar CD, that must be heard.
This is a CD with something of a pedigree. Back in 2004, the trio came together and recorded a self-titled collection of songs under the New Guitar Summit name. The acclaimed album led to a subsequent performance DVD, Live from Stoneham Theatre. After that the three went back to their own careers, but luckliy for us, returned to the studio to record Shivers released in 2008.
Now if these three guitarists weren't enough to attract a listener, Randy Bachman (Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive) joins the New Guitar Summit trio, providing his unique guitar sound and vocals to a pair of Mose Allison songs; Your Mind Is On Vacation, (arguably the best effort here), and Everybody's Crying Mercy.
The title cut also vies for 'best of CD' honours, as the three guitarists really cook on Shivers.
A definite winner for any guitar blues fan.

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper May 27, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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