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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The title of guitarist Jimmy Herring's second fully instrumental effort is an indication of the music inside. It's a genre-hopping jaunt that bounces from retro-swing to bluesy, Jeff Beck-circa-Blow by Blow-fusion, into bluegrass, funk, and progressive jazz. Noticeably absent are the extended Southern jams that pay Herring's bills in his full-time position as lead guitarist for Georgia's veteran Widespread Panic. But that's how it should be for an amazingly talented musician looking to establish his versatility away from the music he's best known for. The opening "Red Wing Special" quickly does just that as he swings through an upbeat, Stéphane Grappelli-influenced ditty, ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The title of guitarist Jimmy Herring's second fully instrumental effort is an indication of the music inside. It's a genre-hopping jaunt that bounces from retro-swing to bluesy, Jeff Beck-circa-Blow by Blow-fusion, into bluegrass, funk, and progressive jazz. Noticeably absent are the extended Southern jams that pay Herring's bills in his full-time position as lead guitarist for Georgia's veteran Widespread Panic. But that's how it should be for an amazingly talented musician looking to establish his versatility away from the music he's best known for. The opening "Red Wing Special" quickly does just that as he swings through an upbeat, Stéphane Grappelli-influenced ditty, trading nimble fingerpicking licks with Mickey Sanders' equally sprightly fiddle. Guest Bela Fleck brings his revved-up banjo for a peppy bluegrass "Curfew" complete with Herring's appropriate chicken-pickin' Telecaster lines. But it's the excursion into Mahavishnu Orchestra territory on a cover of John McLaughlin's "Hope," where Herring really pushes his own envelope and that of his fans. He extends the original's two-minute riff into a nearly seven-minute tour de force that builds with drama and restrained intensity. His bent notes on the ballad "Aberdeen" are straight out of Jeff Beck's playbook as he dips into more soulful territory, assisted by Ike Stubblefield's organ. A cover of George Harrison's "Within You Without You" finds Herring's son Carter on cello for a terrific version of the song that replaces the original's sitar lines with Herring's guitar. He shifts from that philosophical musical moment to the tough funk of Jimmy McGriff's "Miss Poopie," another nod to Beck with flashy yet never overly busy solos that are gutsy and melodic. It's given a '70s vibe with Matt Slocum's Billy Preston-styled clavinet solo. Herring dives into straight-ahead waters with "12 Keys," and includes a lovely acoustic interlude entitled "Emerald Garden," rounding out an impressively diverse album that's performed with fire, passion, and a sophistication that's always at the heart of the guitarist's classy approach.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2012
  • Label: Abstract Logix
  • UPC: 700261358499
  • Catalog Number: 35
  • Sales rank: 13,462

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Red Wing Special (5:12)
  2. 2 Kaleidoscope Carousel (7:57)
  3. 3 Aberdeen (6:31)
  4. 4 Within You Without You (7:21)
  5. 5 Miss Poopie (6:08)
  6. 6 Emerald Garden (6:10)
  7. 7 12 Keys (4:49)
  8. 8 Hope (6:41)
  9. 9 Curfew (4:56)
  10. 10 Bilgewater Blues (4:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Herring Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Musician
Bill Evans Tenor Saxophone, Musician
Béla Fleck Banjo, Musician
John Keane Pedal Steel Guitar, Musician
Etienne Mbappe Bass, Musician
Ike Stubblefield Organ, Musician
Jeff Sipe Drums, Musician
Neal Fountain Bass, Musician
Tyler Greenwell Drums, Musician
Nicky Sanders Fiddle, Musician
Matt Slocum Organ, Keyboards, Clavinet, Marxophone, Musician
Carter Herring Cello, Musician
Technical Credits
George Harrison Composer
John McLaughlin Composer
Bill Evans Engineer
Jimmy Herring Composer
John Keane Producer, Engineer
Horace Ott Composer
Bruce Wheelock Engineer
Glenn Schick Mastering
Rush Anderson Engineer
Ben Collette Engineer
Souvik Dutta Executive Producer
Shweta Dutta Executive Producer
Cameron Herring Art Direction
Neal Shaw Graphic Design
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