Archive for the ‘Blues’ Category

Black Rock – Joe Bonamassa | CD review

(Only Blues Music) 4.5 stars The decision by US guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa to record in Greece has produced one of the more exciting world blues albums in a long while. Bonamassa has evolved from a precocious talent into one of the genre’s leading lights, earning comparisons with major influences such as Hendrix, Stevie Ray […]

The Way Of The World – Mose Allison | CD review

(Anti-/Shock) 4 stars Mose Allison ended 12 years of retirement from the studio to record `The Way Of The World’, thanks to producer Joe Henry. It’s a perfect match, too. The persuasive Henry, a fine singer-songwriter himself, has played a pivotal production role with talents as diverse as Teddy Thompson, Solomon Burke, Mary Gauthier and […]

Let Them Talk – Hugh Laurie | CD review

(Warner Music) 4 stars Hugh Laurie is a modern renaissance man: an actor, academic, athlete (he rowed for Cambridge University) and, as this debut recording reveals, is also an accomplished musician. If you’ve followed the lanky Laurie’s career, his musical penchant will come as no surprise.  

Mojo – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers | CD review

(Reprise) Tom Petty’s last studio outing with the Heartbreakers was nine years ago, although he did collaborate in 2008 with the band’s guitarist Mike Campbell and pianist Benmont Tench, reviving their pre-Heartbreakers line-up to record the self-titled ‘Mudcrutch’. Understandably, some of that raw rock ethos has carried through to Petty and the Heartbreakers’ latest, ‘Mojo’, […]

Roadsongs – Derek Trucks Band | CD review

 (Sony Masterworks) Comparisons between the Derek Trucks and Allman Brothers bands are inevitable. Guitarist Derek is the nephew of veteran Allmans’ drummer Butch Trucks and played with the touring line-up in recent years, while his free-flowing technique recalls the great Duane. But the music from Derek and his own band over a decade surpassed mere […]

Band of Joy – Robert Plant | CD review

(Decca) Avoiding the temptation to recycle his back-catalogue, English blues-shouter Robert Plant has ranged far and wide in his recent exploration of genres, from world music to the collaboration with Alison Krauss, Raising Sand. Now, in a deliberate step away from that Grammy-winning roots pairing, Plant delivers Band of Joy, a solo offering named after […]

Clapton – Eric Clapton | CD review

(Reprise) Eric Clapton’s solo albums have been rarities recently but the latest, produced by co-guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, is one of his more satisfying and diverse studio outings. Mostly covers, the self-titled, 14-track collection embraces blues, popular songs and New Orleans jazz. In addition to his core rhythm trio (drummer Jim Keltner, bassist Willie Weeks, […]

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