Bob Acri: Timeless
Possessing a feather-light right hand and a canny rhythmic sense, Acri serves up the supper club blues with cool precision on songs like "RB Blues," "Chromabluze," "Bob's Blues" and "J&B Blues." Acri spins off one smooth solo after another and guitarist Ted Schmuldt matches his inspiration with a steady swing and bluesy chord changes. The telepathy between the two isn't limited to the blues, either. Hypnotic lullabies like "Sleep Away" and "Lonely Lonely Girl" benefit from their intuitive call-and-response, as does the classical waltz of "Fugue."
Bob Acri's biggest strength, though, is creating melodies that feel...well...timeless. Songs like "Tribute To Buddy" and the infectiously breezy "Wake Robin" call to mind memorable Billy Taylor, Nat "King" Cole or Teddy Wilson compositions. It's a feeling of yesteryear that is helped considerably by the sensitivity of Acri's sons Jim and Bob on drums and percussion and the graceful lines emanating from Scot Mason's acoustic bass. It appears that time indeed stands still for Bob Acri. With Timeless, he's created a special recording and one that continues to reward with repeated listenings.
On the web: www.bobacri.com
Track Listing: Tribute To Buddy/Lonely Lonely Girl (solo)/R.B. Blues/Sleep Away/Wake Robin/Chromabluze (solo) /Linda Rose/Guess Who/Lonely Lonely Girl/Bossa Nova Viejo/Fugue/J & B Blues/Bob's Blues/Sleep Away (solo)
Personnel: Bob Acri, piano; Bob Acri, Jr., drums and percussion; Jim Acri, drums; Ted Schmuldt, guitar; Scott Mason, acoustic bass.
Record Label: Southport Records