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Robben's usual tasteful mix of blues, jazz and rock
on 7 February 2014
Despite the title (and the country rock-ish opening track) this isn't a country album but is more of Robben's usual tasteful mix of blues, jazz and rock following on from his last studio album 'Bringing it back home'. The nine songs are all Ford originals and were all recorded in one day in a Nashville recording studio - amazing, considering that these aren't straight-forward 12-bar jams but often quite complicated compositions. This must have been down in part to the band which turns in a a great ensemble performance, providing seamless backing throughout, with Robben contributing very professional guitar solos and vocals on top - with his jazz heritage really showing through. Honourable mentions go to the rhythm section of bassist Brian Allen and drummer Wes Little who really swing, Ricky Peterson from David Sanborn's band on keyboards who really shines on Hammond and trombonist Barry Green who is fantastic throughout. My favourite tracks were 'Different people' and 'Cut you loose' which I thought were both very original, and I also liked the closing 'Just another country road' - again not a country song but an uptempo jazzy romp. The quick recording time is evident in the record's freshness and immediacy but this is also a very sophisticated, tight performance with a layered production that stands repeated listening.