Revelator

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Revelator is the debut studio album from the 11-piece Tedeschi-Trucks Band, who already have a reputation as a wildly exciting live jam group. That said, the record that Susan Tedeschi and husband Derek Trucks have recorded proves something beyond their well-founded reputation as a live unit: that they can write, perform, and produce great songs that capture the authentic, emotional fire and original arrangements that so many modern blues and roots recordings lack. The duo forged their two individual solo bands (Trucks remains with the Allman Brothers Band) and added some other players. Oteil and Kofi Burbridge and Mike Mattison, as well as drummers Tyler Greenwell and J.J. ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Revelator is the debut studio album from the 11-piece Tedeschi-Trucks Band, who already have a reputation as a wildly exciting live jam group. That said, the record that Susan Tedeschi and husband Derek Trucks have recorded proves something beyond their well-founded reputation as a live unit: that they can write, perform, and produce great songs that capture the authentic, emotional fire and original arrangements that so many modern blues and roots recordings lack. The duo forged their two individual solo bands (Trucks remains with the Allman Brothers Band) and added some other players. Oteil and Kofi Burbridge and Mike Mattison, as well as drummers Tyler Greenwell and J.J. Johnson are on board, as well as backing vocalists and a horn section. Produced by Trucks and Jim Scott, these 12 songs seamlessly meld blues, rock, Southern soul, gospel, and funk traditions into a heady, seductive, spine-slipping stew. The record also showcases Tedeschi as one of the finest vocal stylists in roots music, and Trucks, has become the only true heir of Duane Allman's bell-like slide guitar tone, his taste and restraint. More than this, Revelator offers proof that this pair and their bandmates are serious songwriters as well as players--anyone remember the original Little Feat? It's like that, but with a woman up front. While the single, "Midnight in Harlem," highlights the softer,side of the band with Tedeschi's soulful croon and Trucks' swooning slide, it's the harder numbers that fill out the story. The sexy opener "Come See About Me," the bluesy, gospelized "Don't Let Me Slide" (one of two cuts written by Trucks and Tedeschi with Jayhawk Gary Louris), the second-line funk-blues of "Bound for Glory" with its punchy horns; all of these offer evidence of the real depth that this band abundantly possesses. There's the skittering, slow-tempo guitar and B-3 soul-blues of "Simple Things," and the New Orleans-style horns introducing "Until You Remember," which can distract the listener for a moment from experiencing these songs for what they are-- until Tedeschi opens her mouth and lets the lyrics come up from her belly and drip from her lips and Trucks matches her emotion in his solo-- love songs; the likes of which we haven't heard since Delaney & Bonnie. The Eastern modal tinge in Trucks' playing and tablas dustinguishes "These Walls," tempered by the quiet conviction in the grain of Tedeschi's vocal would have made for a better single. The nasty, funky, Hendrixian droning blues of "Learn How to Love" is textured by Kofi's funky clavinet and Wurlitzer. Speaking of funk, Tedeschi takes her own smoking guitar break in "Love Has Something Else to Say," a slamming, break-ridden funk tune that quakes. It combines hard Southern Stax-styled rhythm, soul, blues, and nasty-ass rock. Revelator is a roots record that sets a modern standard even as it draws its inspiration from the past. It's got everything a listener could want: grit, groove, raw, spiritual emotion, and expert-level musical truth.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2011
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886978142023
  • Catalog Number: 781420
  • Sales rank: 6,956

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tedeschi Trucks Band Primary Artist
Oteil Burbridge Bass, Guitar
Derek Trucks Guitar
Oliver Wood Guitar, Vocals
Mark Rivers Vocal Harmony
David Ryan Harris Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Kofi Burbridge Flute, Clavinet, Wurlitzer, Piano (Grand), Hammond B3
Susan Tedeschi Guitar, Vocals
Kebbi Williams Saxophone
Mike Mattison Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Maurice Brown Trumpet
Tyler Greenwell Percussion, Drums
Ryan Shaw Vocal Harmony
Saunders Sermons Trombone
J.J. Johnson Drums
Technical Credits
Oteil Burbridge Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Jim Scott Producer, Engineer
Derek Trucks Composer, Producer
Oliver Wood Composer
Kirk Yano Guitar Engineer
David Ryan Harris Composer
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Kofi Burbridge Horn Arrangements
Susan Tedeschi Composer
Kebbi Williams Horn Arrangements
Mike Mattison Composer
Laura Kszan Product Development
Jennifer Liebeskind Product Development
Maurice Brown Horn Arrangements
Tyler Greenwell Composer
Kristen Foster Publicity
Scott Farthing Marketing
Tim White Engineer
Leslie Collman-Smith Marketing
Bobby Tis Engineer, Guitar Techician
Angela Barkan Publicity
Kevin Dean Engineer
Joe Paulino Engineer
Ryan Murphy Guitar Techician
Erica Gerard Publicity
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  • Posted August 29, 2011

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    She Sings, They Play

    This record came as a real surprise to me. Derek Trucks was a young guitar prodigy who became a member of The Allman Brothers Band. Susan Tedeschi has a smokey, bluesy voice that can rival Bonnie Raitt's. Not surprisingly, this couple makes beautiful music together on their first album together, "Revelator". With an 11-piece band, they play with the vigor of a youngster and the smarts of a veteran. Then again, how many youngsters can do Joplinesque rockers like "Ball And Chain"? Or a classic blues stomper such as "Bound For Glory"? Topped off by a genuinely affection love ballad, "Love Has Something Else To Say". And anchoring it all in are Truck's remarkably fluid and catchy guitar solos. When times are bad, you almost always see a rise in guitar-based music and we're seeing it happen in this Great Recession, thanks to bands like this one. Although there isn't a single member of The Tedeschi-Trucks Band who is under 30 years old, their music is timeless enough to draw anyone into it.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    epic!

    With eleven members... it's either going to be a complete mess, or an amazing ensemble in which each instrument compliments each other. This record is even more than the latter.. every instrument works in tandem beautifully and the female vocals on the top of everything absolutely shine. It's got a feel of the 70's jazzy/bluesy tunes, a splash of 80's catchiness, a hint of 90's alternative, and a shiny 2000's production value. Overall it is a great album for EVERYONE to enjoy. My parents love it, my friends love it, and I love it!

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