STOMP! The Blues Tonight - New Duke Robillard!
There is a vast variety of songs covered on this album and as always, a LOT of tracks – 16 in total making this well worth the price of admission. And not a dud amongst them.
Key tracks if I had to choose:
Million Dollar Secret features some hilarious lyrics about the pros and cons of marrying a rich old man, ably catalogued by Sunny. She’s hard boiled and soulful, confiding and coy depending on the nuance – this is a great classic song. I love the soaring saxophones nodding in agreement with every syllable. The introductory piano is also stirringly sexy and wonderful, thanks to pianist Bruce Bears.
Look But Don’t Touch must be turned up loud – period. Chunky, heavy shuffles open the piece up in true blues fashion and yeah, okay, they’re not straying too far from the blues canon here but who cares!? This is hot, my friends and Duke is leading every one of them in what they do best – play the blues. They’re transmitting that passion for the genre right through the speaker as well so heed my instructions about the volume …
Frankie and Johnny is a musical free for all, pure instrumentation of the band just going crazy. Listen up.
In summary? This is a really good album – even if you’re not sure about jump blues or even rhythm and blues you owe it to yourself to give it a try. Not dancing is pretty much not an option regardless of your age. And as I have noted in previous reviews here for A Swingin’ Session and again here with Livin’ With the Blues Duke Robillard can deliver the musical goods on a number of different levels and with varieties of styles of music. The guy is also just plain cool.
I’ll stop now – but give it a spin!
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