Wait for Me

Wait for Me

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by Susan Tedeschi
     
 

It has been nearly four years since the young blues-rock sensation Susan Tedeschi released Just Won’t Burn, and her fans will find her follow-up, Wait for Me, revealing a more settled singer and guitarist. The set is steady, solid, and a lot mellower than either Better Days or JustSee more details below

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It has been nearly four years since the young blues-rock sensation Susan Tedeschi released Just Won’t Burn, and her fans will find her follow-up, Wait for Me, revealing a more settled singer and guitarist. The set is steady, solid, and a lot mellower than either Better Days or Just Won’t Burn. With an extended band that includes horns and organ, Tedeschi goes for the gentle but big R&B sound on “Alone” and “Wait for Me,” reflecting a bit of the style of Tracy Nelson, another singer with an amazingly flexible voice. Though the horns are gone, the same feeling comes through on Paul Pena’s “Gonna Move,” which features Tedeschi's husband, Derek Trucks, on a bright slide guitar. On her original “Wrapped in the Arms of Another,” Tedeschi is accompanied by only Kofi Burbridge’s piano, which allows her to soar into the acoustic folk atmosphere, as she also does on “Blues on a Holiday” and Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice.” Taking up guitar for her original “Til I Found You” and “Hampmotized” (a reference to Colonel Bruce Hampton, who also plays guitar on the tune), Tedeschi comes closer to the rockin’ material on Just Won’t Burn. Her “I Fell in Love” rocks like Chuck Berry and features Johnnie Johnson, who played with Berry, on piano. Often compared to Bonnie Raitt, Tedeschi certainly illustrates on Wait for Me that like the red-headed pop singer, she knows no stylistic boundaries in popular music.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Since it comes a whopping four years after her wildly successful major-label debut and Best New Artist Grammy nomination, the appropriately titled Wait for Me is a highly anticipated follow-up for an artist who nearly slipped into the "where is she now" bin. While the album doesn't totally justify the extended wait, Tedeschi returns with a tough, uncompromising release that's the equal of its predecessor. After touring the world, then marrying and having a baby (with husband/guitarist Derek Trucks), Tedeschi has shifted styles from guitar-slinging blues mama into a subtler but still passionate R&B approach. Trucks contributes a few of the album's bluesiest moments, laying into a slide solo on Paul Pena's exuberant "Gonna Move" that injects soul into its hooky chorus and bouncy groove. The title track's low-key horns, jazzy flourishes, and gospel underpinnings recall '60s Etta James, and a version of Dylan's "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" transforms the folk chestnut into a touching, torchy swamp ballad. It's here and on Tedeschi's own lovely "In the Garden" where her expressive vocals are a ringer for Bonnie Raitt's similar style. Those fired up by Just Won't Burn will easily warm to Wait for Me. With classy yet scorching performances and songs infused with roots rock, blues, funk, and even pop, it's a crossover album that oozes with integrity, terrific playing, and a loose yet distinctive direction.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2002
Label:
Artemis Records
UPC:
0699675114626
catalogNumber:
51146

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Susan Tedeschi   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
Johnnie Johnson   Piano
Paul Rishell   Guitar
Tino Barker   Tenor Saxophone
Kevin Barry   Acoustic Guitar,Soloist
Gordon "Sax" Beadle   Baritone Saxophone
Joe Bonadio   Drums
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Ron Perry   Bass
Yonrico Scott   Percussion,Drums
Derek Trucks   Guitar
Tom West   Organ
Paul Ahlstrand   Tenor Saxophone
Scott Aruda   Trumpet
Annie Raines   Harmonica
Milt Reder   Electric Guitar
Kofi Burbridge   Organ,Piano
Drew Glackin   Bass
Dean Cassell   Bass
Todd Smallie   Bass
Noah Simon   Mellotron
Jeff Sipe   Drums
David McNair   Bass,Rhythm Guitar
Jason Crosby   Organ,Piano,Violin,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Jeff Bakos   Engineer
Steve Berlin   Producer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Col. Bruce Hampton   Contributor
Richard Rosenblatt   Executive Producer
Derek Trucks   Producer
Paul Ahlstrand   Horn Arrangements
André Zweers   Engineer
Peter Thornton   Engineer
Susan Tedeschi   Producer
Noah Simon   Engineer
Robert Hadley   Mastering
Nate Dube   Engineer
Greg Trampe   Engineer
David McNair   Engineer
Paul "Earthquake" Pena   Composer

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