Duke Robillard's World Full Of Blues

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Duke Robillard's World Full Of Blues

Postby blueswriter » Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:40 pm

Duke Robillard
World Full Of Blues
Stony Plain (2007) SPCD 1323

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23 tracks, 2 CDs, 116 minutes. Highly recommended. It's hard to believe that it's been just over thirty years (1977) since the first Roomful Of Blues album hit retail shelves in record stores across the country. Duke Robillard founded Roomful in the late-1960s, then playing Chicago blues, but by the time they recorded their first LP, the band was swinging and jumping with Roy Milton and others as their inspiration. With that in mind, World Full Of Blues, the new two-disc set from Duke, can be looked at as a superlative anniversary project. Sidemen and special guests abound, thirteen in all, and a number of them will be familiar to followers of Robillard's musical career. Bass chores are split between John Packer and Marty Ballou, and Mark Teixeira handles the drumming while horns are handed in by Doug James (bari sax), Al Basile (cornet), "Sax" Gordon Beadle (tenor) and Scott Aruda (trumpet). Other musical assistance comes from a couple guitarists and keyboard players. Sugar Ray Norcia makes his first appearance on a Duke project here, although the pair have known each other and shared stages for decades. Slam Hammer, a James Cotton harp instrumental, You're Killin' Me Baby and Blues Nightmare all feature Norcia's gritty harmonica and Tim Taylor offers his own fine harp efforts to Duke's take on Bob Dylan's Everything Is Broken. There are also covers of of T-Bone Walker's Treat Me So Lowdown, Bo Diddley's Who Do You Love, Jimmy Reed's Bright Lights Big City, Slim Jenkins Joint from Booker T. Jones and Buddy Johnson's You Won't Let Me Go, among others. Robillard's guitar wizardry shows in a wide variety of blues styles from the lowdown back-porch approach in World Of Blues to the swinging Jump The Blues For You and everywhere in between. He absolutely shines on Bounce For Billy, a tribute to Billy Butler. Duke Robillard has been around for over three decades and issued numerous albums and CDs through the years. Fittingly, World Full Of Blues touches on all the styles that have touched Duke for so long: Chicago boogies, in-the-alley burners, bristling shuffles, jump, funk, swing and much more. This 2-CD set has been available at a specially-reduced price in a number of locations, so check your favorite music supplier for the best deal.

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