It's fitting that the name of the label that put out the 2006 double-disc live set by the Michael Landau, Live, is called Tone Center. Because tone is an enormous part of Landau's guitar playing throughout the release. Recorded over a two-year period in North Hollywood, the album's 12 tracks ooze with blooze -- especially evident by the crawling album opener, "Worried Life Blues" (which sees Landau alternate between spacious blues phrasing and wailing away at his instrument). The usual suspects serve as a main influence throughout -- Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, etc. -- but Landau is as skilled a player as any of the blues-rock revivalists of the early 21st century.
Performance CreditsMichael Landau Primary Artist
Scott Kinsey Kalimba,Guest Appearance
Gary Novak Drums,Guest Appearance
Toss Panos Drums,Guest Appearance
Chris Roy Bass,Guest Appearance
Chuck Kavooras Slide Guitar,Guest Appearance
Jimmy Johnson Bass,Guest Appearance
Technical CreditsBig Maceo Merriweather Composer
Michael Landau Composer
Robert E. Bradshaw Engineer
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This two disc collection is not for the uneducated listener. Disc one expresses full shred crescendo like guitar chords and notes, and if you follow the audio trip closely, the power tap frequencies surf you on rippin' sonic journey of relentless sets of big waves. Definite and clear Hendrix vibes goin on here too. Disc two is somewhat less raw, with juicy, sophisticated jazz tones on the lighter side. What would Jimi Hendrix be doing today if he were alive? I intuit, Listen to this stuff.