New Role Soul

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All Music Guide - Ken Chang
Less of a horn-drenched affair than his Black Top albums, New Role Soul presents Robert Ward in a smaller, looser setting that definitely works to his advantage. Instead of taking the usual let's-cut-come-oldies approach, the producers let Ward create on the fly, and the results easily rank up there with his 1990 comeback album Fear No Evil. For most of New Role Soul Ward is backed by just a three-piece rhythm section of bass, drums, and organ, leaving plenty of room for his testifying vocals and Magnatone-enhanced guitar. The two instrumentals here, "The Chicken Jerk" and "Chitlins Con Carne," are classy arrangements full of funky, fingerpicked guitar solos -- like Albert ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Chang
Less of a horn-drenched affair than his Black Top albums, New Role Soul presents Robert Ward in a smaller, looser setting that definitely works to his advantage. Instead of taking the usual let's-cut-come-oldies approach, the producers let Ward create on the fly, and the results easily rank up there with his 1990 comeback album Fear No Evil. For most of New Role Soul Ward is backed by just a three-piece rhythm section of bass, drums, and organ, leaving plenty of room for his testifying vocals and Magnatone-enhanced guitar. The two instrumentals here, "The Chicken Jerk" and "Chitlins Con Carne," are classy arrangements full of funky, fingerpicked guitar solos -- like Albert Collins, Ward knew how to milk a guitar-organ combo to the last drop. Even more impressive is Ward's rhythm guitar playing, a virtual bottomless pit of cool grooves and subtle fills. Power chords will never be the same after "Peace of Mind." In the decade since Fear No Evil, Ward's vocals have lost some power, but that doesn't stop him from diving into tortured-soul territory, as he does on "Whatever I Receive" and "I'm So Proud to Have You for My Love." This is probably the most well-rounded album Ward has recorded.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2000
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153074128
  • Catalog Number: 741
  • Sales rank: 128,151

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Ward Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Wayne Stewart Drums
Kay Reed Vocals
Kenny Anderson Trumpet
Theresa Davis Background Vocals
Willie Henderson Baritone Saxophone
Hank Ford Tenor Saxophone
Roberta Ward Vocals
Roberta Thomas Tambourine, Vocals
Sonny Seals Tenor Saxophone
Steve Wagner Recorder
Technical Credits
Willie Henderson Horn Arrangements
Robert G. Koester Producer
Pete Nathan Producer
Brett J. Bonner Liner Notes
Roberta Thomas Vocal Arrangements
Steve Wagner Producer, Engineer
Bernard Seigal Composer
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