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"Soul Serenade (Columbia) by the Derek Trucks Band is one of the best albums I have heard this year. It won't matter how this album is classified, either, because it has it all. For those who liked Allman Brothers guitarist Trucks on his eponymous band's major-label debut, 2002's Joyful Noise, will find this CD to be even more impressive. Soul Serenade was actually recorded three years ago, before Joyful Noise, but is being released only now. It's been worth the wait because the Derek Trucks Band is hitting on all cylinders from start to finish.

The album begins with covers from two musical music legends-King Curtis and Bob Marley. Trucks uses "Soul Serenade" by Curtis and "Rasta Man Chant" by Marley to deliver one of the more exhilarating musical moments of the year. Trucks' guitar-sling and the fine work of his band show that the difference between the rock-steady beat of Jamaican reggae and Afro-American soul is so slight that it hardly matters. The next track, "Bock to Bock," is even better. Bassist Todd Smallie and drummer Yonrico Scott set the table for the band to deliver a powerful yet subtle swinging blues number. Trucks is on the case with his ax, and his band stays tight and focused at all times, letting the guitarist roam where he needs. The magic of this album doesn't end there although the first two songs will leave you awestruck.

The Derek Trucks Band then pumps the soul classic "Drown in My Own Tears," with Gregg Allman providing a heavy, blues-drenched vocal, which is followed by a tricky version of Mongo Santamaria's "Afro Blue." By this point you will have no doubt about the importance of Derek Trucks and his band. They defy category. They challenge those preconceived conclusions that often muzzle music, and they will leave you wondering why this album had been held up for so long." - Jazz Times

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    $5.00
  • "It’s hard to believe that guitar whiz Derek Trucks is a mere 23 years old. After all, he and his band have four albums under their belts, and he’s been serving as the Allman Brothers Band’s slide guitarist for the past few years (his uncle Butch Trucks is also a band member), but don’t let his age fool you. He’s one mighty fine guitar player, sounding decades more mature than his age would suggest. Obsessed with music from all over the world, not just the blues-rock that you’d expect, Trucks is striving toward something a little more special, more timeless than mere barroom blooze, blending instrumentals with guest vocalists.On their new album Joyful Noise, the Derek Trucks Band don’t merely dip their toes into world music, they dive headfirst into it, creating a meandering soundscape that, despite slowing down a couple of times, provides the listener with an enjoyable time. The opening track, “Joyful Noise”, has a straight-ahead, funky groove to it, sounding like Booker T & the MGs at a spiritual revival, sounding as ecstatic as the title suggests. “Every Good Boy” continues in a similar funk vein, this time carried by a slinky organ lick, and some simple, yet catchy solo lines by Trucks. The blues-tinged ballads “So Close, So Far Away” and “Frisell” are decent, but start to sound plodding after several minutes.cover artTHE DEREK TRUCKS BANDJOYFUL NOISE(COLUMBIA)US: 3 SEP 2002UK: 30 SEP 2002AMAZONITUNESFortunately, those are the only two disappointing tracks, and the rest of Joyful Noise is very good. Veteran soul singer Solomon Burke, who is experiencing quite the career revival this year, lends his fine, fine voice to two tracks. On the superb “Home in Your Heart”, a tune he originally recorded in 1963, Burke sounds like a man who hasn’t aged a day in forty years, and on the new song “Like Anyone Else”, he steals the show with his powerful voice. The collaboration with Pakistani Sufi singer Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (nephew of the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) on the Qawwali song “Maki Madni” is an interesting change in pace, with Rahat’s distinctive voice meshing beautifully with the band’s Eastern rhythms and Trucks’ solo harmonies. Salsa stalwart Ruben Blades guests on the Latin effort “Kam-ma-lay”, to great effect, and Mrs. Derek Trucks herself, noted blues artist Susan Tedeschi pops in to sing on the Joe Tex song “Baby You’re Right”.Although Derek Trucks is the bandleader, the quartet, through its relentless touring, has evolved into quite a tight little unit itself. Bassist Todd Smallie has been playing with Trucks for nearly a decade already, and he and veteran percussionist Yonrico Scott provide an expert rhythm section, able to leap from genre to genre in the blink of an eye. The versatile Kofi Burbridge provides some good keyboard work (especially on the Hammond organ on the title track) and some pretty darn amazing flute playing, as well as supplying some original compositions of his own. The band’s great versatility shines on the electric jazz composition by Burbridge called “Lookout 31”; the quartet’s syncopation is impeccable, as Smallie and Scott hold the fort while Trucks and Burbridge let loose with the most adventurous harmonies and solos on the album.However, Derek Truck still is the star of the show, and his guitar solos are the album’s main focus. Far from a self-indulgent, noodling showman who opts for bland style, Trucks goes for the more understated substance. Like Carlos Santana, he lets the notes speak for themselves, stretching them out soulfully, in the same way a horn player sustains notes, but unlike Carlos Santana, he’s not surrounding himself with mediocre, popular guest musicians in a cheesy move to sell units. The album is slick, but not overproduced in the least, the jamming never gets too self-indulgent, and Trucks’ diverse choices in guest vocalists, and his band’s undeniable talent, make Joyful Noise sparkle with life." - Pop Matters
    $5.00
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    $8.00
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  • "Soul Serenade (Columbia) by the Derek Trucks Band is one of the best albums I have heard this year. It won't matter how this album is classified, either, because it has it all. For those who liked Allman Brothers guitarist Trucks on his eponymous band's major-label debut, 2002's Joyful Noise, will find this CD to be even more impressive. Soul Serenade was actually recorded three years ago, before Joyful Noise, but is being released only now. It's been worth the wait because the Derek Trucks Band is hitting on all cylinders from start to finish.The album begins with covers from two musical music legends-King Curtis and Bob Marley. Trucks uses "Soul Serenade" by Curtis and "Rasta Man Chant" by Marley to deliver one of the more exhilarating musical moments of the year. Trucks' guitar-sling and the fine work of his band show that the difference between the rock-steady beat of Jamaican reggae and Afro-American soul is so slight that it hardly matters. The next track, "Bock to Bock," is even better. Bassist Todd Smallie and drummer Yonrico Scott set the table for the band to deliver a powerful yet subtle swinging blues number. Trucks is on the case with his ax, and his band stays tight and focused at all times, letting the guitarist roam where he needs. The magic of this album doesn't end there although the first two songs will leave you awestruck.The Derek Trucks Band then pumps the soul classic "Drown in My Own Tears," with Gregg Allman providing a heavy, blues-drenched vocal, which is followed by a tricky version of Mongo Santamaria's "Afro Blue." By this point you will have no doubt about the importance of Derek Trucks and his band. They defy category. They challenge those preconceived conclusions that often muzzle music, and they will leave you wondering why this album had been held up for so long." - Jazz Times
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    $6.00
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    $16.00
  • "Building from the jazz fusion foundation of Pretzel Logic, Steely Dan created an alluringly sophisticated album of jazzy pop with Katy Lied. With this record, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen began relying solely on studio musicians, which is evident from the immaculate sound of the album. Usually, such a studied recording method would drain the life out of each song, but that's not the case with Katy Lied, which actually benefits from the duo's perfectionist tendencies. Each song is given a glossy sheen, one that accentuates not only the stronger pop hooks, but also the precise technical skill of the professional musicians drafted to play the solos. Essentially, Katy Lied is a smoother version of Pretzel Logic, featuring the same cross-section of jazz-pop and blues-rock. The lack of innovations doesn't hurt the record, since the songs are uniformly brilliant. Less overtly cynical than previous Dan albums, the album still has its share of lyrical stingers, but what's really notable are the melodies, from the seductive jazzy soul of "Doctor Wu" and the lazy blues of "Chain Lightning" to the terse "Black Friday" and mock calypso of "Everyone's Gone to the Movies." It's another excellent record in one of the most distinguished rock & roll catalogs of the '70s." - All Music Guide
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