Duke Robillard – Guitar Groove A Rama
NEW CD SALUTES DUKE’S MANY GUITAR INFLUENCES
“When I came up with the idea of « Guitar Groove-A-Rama », I wanted to make an album of tunes that showcased all the sounds and influences that make up my style, or styles,” says Robillard in the CD liner notes. “Of course, the blues is at the root of nearly everything here, but I also wanted to show some of my other influences that moved me as a young guitarist. « Guitar Groove-A-Rama » is a culmination of my lifelong love affair with guitars and roots music, but I really wanted to make this album for my fans,” he adds.
1. Do The Memphis Grind - 4:54 2. Gambler Blues - 4:29 3. Down Alone The Cove - 3:10 4. Sunday Mornin' - 5:16 5. Sewed Up - 5:00 6. Danny Boy - 5:12 7. Blues A Rama - 16:14 8. I'll Do Anything But Work - 3:06 9. No Way Out - 4:35 10. This Dream - 10:20 11. Just Before Dawn - 0:55 12. Dawn - 2:14 13. Cookin' - 5:37 14. Dark Eyes - 6:06
Is Duke Robillard a blues, jazz, swing, or rock musician? That's a question that has plagued many a record store clerk trying to slot the guitarist into a bin that fans might logically gravitate to. But, since Robillard has released albums in all of those genres, he clearly needs multiple locations for his albums, and this one needs to go in all of them. An outlet for his different vintage guitars (some shown on the cover) as well as styles he works in, Guitar Groove-A- Rama is a one-stop album for the Duke Robillard fan who isn't sure which category of music he wants to hear. Kicking off with some dusky Southern swamp rock in "Do the Memphis Grind," the album twists, turns, and wiggles through deep blues, loungey jazz, instrumental surf and pop, a Bob Dylan cover, a tango, and a 16-minute history of blues guitar legends who have inspired Robillard. If it sounds like a lot to bite off, and it is, but due to savvy sequencing and the artist's incredible talents, the project never seems scattershot or eclectic simply for the sake of being so. The 14 tracks unwind over the course of 77 minutes, but it's unlikely any fan of Robillard will be pushing the forward button during its length. Accompanied by a stripped-down duo and occasionally augmented by old Roomful of Blues cohorts Al Basile on cornet and Doug James on baritone sax and harmonica, Robillard pulls out the stops on a pu pu platter of many (but probably not every) style he knows. He swings it on his own "Cookin'," gets mellow on a lovely cover of "Danny Boy" with a surprise and humorous Beatles ending, goes country for Bob Dylan's "Down Along the Cove," and shifts into slinky combo mode when he pulls out a Ray Charles obscurity "I'll Do Anything But Work." He also revisits "This Dream," a tune previously recorded for the Temptation album, that shifts into Middle Eastern scales for a ten-minute workout that is just one of the disc's many highlights. Liner notes by the artist describe each guitar and pick-up used for the tech heads. Most importantly, Robillard sounds like he's having a blast and that vibe transfers to the listener throughout the set's extended length and various genres. It helps make this a perfect place to begin a Robillard collection, or continue an existing one.
You may also like…
Duke Robillard’s Jumpin’ Blues Revue
Stomp! The Blues Tonight
“This project is a true trip back in time for me. Many of the tunes in this CD go back…Read more Add to cart€12,10
A Swingin’ Session With Duke Robillard
Duke has stated that his favorites are “blues-oriented jazz musicians”. In his own words, “For me there is a very…Read more Add to cart€12,10
The Duke Robillard Band
Low Down & Tore Up
One of the most versatile and accomplished guitarists playing today, Duke Robillard has always been fascinated by the roots of…Read more Add to cart
Passport To The Blues
Duke Robillard’s Passport to the Blues (DFG 8694) follows the success of his Grammy-nominated release Stomp! The Blues Tonight (DFG…Read more Read more€12,10
World Full Of Blues
When I conceived of this project to record a double disc CD, my intention was to record a set of…Read more Add to cart€15,00
Brand new opus for one of the today guitar masters. Only original tunes. Sweet and sexy Pam Tillis and “Blues…Read more Add to cart
The Acoustic Blues Of Duke Robillard
The Acoustic Blues & Roots Of Duke Robillard presents Robillard’s love of vintage blues, jazz and swing, with a selection…Read more Add to cart
The Duke Robillard Band
Calling All Blues!
« Calling All Blues » is the new album from two-time Grammy nominee and multi Blues Music Award winning guitarist…Read more Add to cart