The steel guitar, contemporary Mississippi blues, and groove jazz come together for a worldly Church Chat on The Word, an all-instrumental set of sacred tunes. Lap and pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, who comes out of the House of God Church, where this weeping “sacred steel” guitar is the lead instrument, is the heart of the music. He’s joined by keyboardist John Medeski (of the hipster jazz combo Medeski, Martin & Wood) and the North Mississippi All-Stars, the critically acclaimed contemporary blues band. For the buoyantly rocking “Joyful Sounds” Randolph’s sermon has the raucous feel of a Hawaiian Stevie Ray Vaughan with the All-Stars and Medeski swirling around him like a choir swept away by the gospel spirit of call-and-response. On the blissful “Call Him by His Name” and “Without God,” on which the opening swells until the spirit seizes it to testify, Randolph recalls the great blues steel guitarist Sonny Rhodes, smoothing out the edges of country twang for a looser and slightly sinful sound. “Waiting on My Wings” is so funky it leaves the church completely, while “Blood on That Rock” and “Mind Jam” are the kind of trippy blues that Canned Heat played in the ‘60s. The Word is a holy union between three very different kinds of music, and listening to what they create together is as satisfying as a Sunday morning service.
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Do you like Jam bands? Do you like music that makes you feel good? Well then you will love this. The Word combines black southern gospel with Jam bands in a fresh clean way. Imigine Hendrix and Jerry jamming in heaven. Thats what you get with The Word
THE WORD is an awesome CD...if you are a little bored with listening to Grateful Dead or String Cheese Incident (although I'm not sure that that's possible) you should definitly check out THE WORD. Get a little variety in there with the jazz but you can still jam out to it.