With the Allman Brothers Band seemingly taking an extended breather, individual creativity is suddenly bursting out unrestrained all over the place. First came Gregg Allman's splendid "Low Country Blues", now this fine effort from uber-guitarist Haynes and coming up fast on the inside is the eagerly awaited album from the newly-amalgamated Tedeschi Trucks Band featuring the Allmans' other guitar supremo Derek Trucks.
Remaining faithful to Haynes' jam-band origins, extended instrumental breaks abound with the result that nothing clocks in at under five minutes; and some of the tracks are considerably longer than that. But this is no Allman Brothers or Gov't Mule outing; it's altogether jazzier and funkier and a lot more soulful. We're in Michael McDonald territory here, and at times the vocal resemblance is almost uncanny, whilst in the instrumental passages of "On A Real Lonely Night" you might be excused for wondering whether Messrs Becker and Fagen had also somehow sneaked into the session.
Other notable tracks include the slow blues of "Hattiesburg Hustle", the funky "Sick Of My Shadow", the title track and the closer "Save Me" with more than a passing nod to Ray Charles. Spirited stuff.