Two instrumental tracks the funky original "Chicken Jerk" and Kenny Burrell’s "Chittlins Con Carne" present Ward’s guitar prowess in dissimilar formats. The former track shows off that exquisite watery tone Ward displayed so effectively on Fear No Evil. The lengthy slow-blues "Whichever I Receive" flows along like liquid gold. It’s marked by some expressive exchanges between Ward and organ player Kevin McKendree, who also impresses on other cuts. The transcendently soulful "Peace of Mind," and "I Come to Save You" convey a sense of spirituality without too much sermonizing.
Robert Ward is the rare blues guitarist who has developed a truly original style, and New Role Soul is one of his best recordings.
Record Label: Delmark Records
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