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Country Libations
     

Country Libations

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by Doug Wamble
 
Few things are as heartening as witnessing a musical unknown emerge fully formed and raring to spread his or her wings even farther. Such is the case with singer, songwriter, and guitarist Doug Wamble, whose debut album, Country Libations, aims for a multitude of targets and hits them all. Merging blues, jazz, and gospel with unimagined ease, Wamble has

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Few things are as heartening as witnessing a musical unknown emerge fully formed and raring to spread his or her wings even farther. Such is the case with singer, songwriter, and guitarist Doug Wamble, whose debut album, Country Libations, aims for a multitude of targets and hits them all. Merging blues, jazz, and gospel with unimagined ease, Wamble has devised a unique style all the more impressive for its distinctive personal nature. What other artist could move from a Fats Waller–type swinger like “ Baby, if You're Lyin',” complete with a lusty, idiomatically perfect vocal, to a free-jazz jam like "Dim Tangy Tennessee Twang," featuring a slippery, inventive guitar improvisation that wouldn’t be out of place on an avant-garde jazz project, to a deliciously slanted take on the Police’s “Walking On the Moon” ? Wamble can do it all, and without a trace of the self-conscious showiness that could so easily tarnish an ambitious recording such as this. These days in particular, a rare, inclusive talent like his comes as nothing less than a gift.

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When one sees the name Marsalis Music, the question that comes to mind is "Which Marsalis?" Ellis? Wynton? Branford? Delfeayo? Jason? The answer is Branford; saxophonist Branford Marsalis is the founder/owner of Marsalis Music, a Rounder-distributed label that was launched in 2003. Since the '80s, it has been obvious that Branford and Wynton have very different tastes -- Wynton is known for being a jazz snob, whereas Branford is more eclectic and has done his share of guest spots on rock and R&B projects. So it isn't surprising that Marsalis Music is a jazz-friendly label but not a jazz-only label. Country Libations, which Branford produced for his company, isn't the sort of album that a jazz snob would release -- jazz, blues, and gospel are equally important parts of what acoustic guitarist/singer Doug Wamble does on this promising debut album. Wamble certainly isn't an easy artist to categorize or pigeonhole. He's a jazz instrumentalist, but he's also a blues singer -- he's a jazz vocalist, but he also sings African-American gospel. As far as his taste in jazz goes, Wamble doesn't limit himself to one particular era. Parts of Country Libations are mindful of the swing and classic jazz of the '30s, but other parts show an awareness of the modal post-bop that John Coltrane and his colleagues provided in the '60s. Wamble even dabbles in the mildly avant-garde; the instrumental "Dim Tangy Tennessee Twang" hints at Ornette Coleman. Of course, someone this far-reaching and difficult to categorize would terrify a lot of marketing people, so Branford deserves applause for having the guts to sign Wamble. And much to his credit, the expressive Wamble is able to take this CD in different directions without sounding confused or erratic -- he makes everything fit together on this unpredictable yet focused debut.
All About Jazz
The guitarist and composer has a youthful appearance but plays and sings like an aged master.

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Release Date:
06/17/2003
Label:
Marsalis Music
UPC:
0011661330320

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Country Libations 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of Doug Wamble before. I bought Country Libations because it was on Branford's label ( and I'm a big fan!). It's amazing! A really nice combination of jazz, blues, and gospel. I love his guitar playing and he has a really soulful voice. Check this one out
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heard an advance copy of this CD from my friend. Great stuff. Killer guitar solos and soulful vocals. I'm a big fan of Jazz & Blues--and this album has a lot of both. Very unique sound! Check out this CD, it's fantastic!