Blue Mood: The Songs of T-Bone Walker

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All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
Duke Robillard pays homage to T-Bone Walker with this collection of swing, big band and blues songs. The bubbly and bouncy "Lonesome Woman Blues" has a be-bop Count Basie feeling as his supporting players are given brief solos to shine, particularly the horn section. There is far more substance and style to this approach than a rehashed run-through à la Brian Setzer. This fluidity continues, albeit a bit slower in tempo with the swinging "T-Bone Shuffle" which carries the same head-bobbing groove. Here the horns lead the way but Robillard makes his presence felt on guitar near the homestretch, and throughout the stellar "Pony Tail." The barroom blues and drum brushes on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
Duke Robillard pays homage to T-Bone Walker with this collection of swing, big band and blues songs. The bubbly and bouncy "Lonesome Woman Blues" has a be-bop Count Basie feeling as his supporting players are given brief solos to shine, particularly the horn section. There is far more substance and style to this approach than a rehashed run-through à la Brian Setzer. This fluidity continues, albeit a bit slower in tempo with the swinging "T-Bone Shuffle" which carries the same head-bobbing groove. Here the horns lead the way but Robillard makes his presence felt on guitar near the homestretch, and throughout the stellar "Pony Tail." The barroom blues and drum brushes on "Love Is a Gamble" takes things down to a creepy crawl, bringing to mind Dr. John or Delbert McClinton. An early favorite has to be the rousing and toe-tapping "Alimony Blues," an indication that Robillard wants to pay tribute in the right way by nailing each song beautifully. The same can be said for the finger-snapping "T-Bone Boogie," which just touches a guitar style of Chuck Berry in its introduction and also near the closing rave-up. The ebb and flow of the album is probably its greatest strength, as "Blue Mood" has Robillard up to his waist in the blues. The lengthy nine-minute epic "I'm Still in Love With You" seems to sag in parts, partly because the momentum isn't consistent for the song. It also brings to mind Fats Domino often. "Born to Be No Good" has a better fate, especially with Robillard evoking the styles of B.B. King and Clapton circa From the Cradle on this number -- meticulous and deliberate but quite engaging. "This has been an inspirational project of the highest order for me," Robillard says in the liner notes. The end result is another charming record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
  • Label: Stony Plain Music
  • UPC: 772532130028
  • Catalog Number: 1300
  • Sales rank: 200,240

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Robillard Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Billy Novick Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
John Abrahamsen Trumpet
Al Basile Cornet
Gordon "Sax" Beadle Tenor Saxophone
Sax Gordon Tenor Saxophone
Doug James Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Matt McCabe Piano
Carl Querfurth Trombone
Jesse Williams Double Bass
Mark Teixeira Drums
Technical Credits
Duke Robillard Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Dave Bartholomew Composer
T-Bone Walker Composer
John Paul Gauthier Engineer, Engineering
Holger Petersen Executive Producer
Aaron Walker Composer
Marl Young Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson Composer
Florence Cadrez Composer
Freddie Simon Composer
John Henry Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Guitar and beat spot ON!

    If you do not have any of T-Bone Walker's stuff this CD would be a good introduction into his music. The beat and guitar playing are spot on. The vocals are weak, but then again nobody could play and sing as smooth as T-Bone did!

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