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The Duke Robillard Jazz Trio: Wobble Walkin'

Read "Wobble Walkin'" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Duke Robillard may be widely praised for his blues bona fides, but calling him a blues guitarist is a bit limiting. While his work with Roomful of Blues and his stint with the Fabulous Thunderbirds have earned him a large fan base and some well-deserved respect in the blues and guitar communities, he's proven himself equally conversant in jazz and elsewhere. Blues music remains his bread and butter, but albums like After Hours Swing Session (Rounder, 1990), Conversations In ...

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Duke Robillard and Herb Ellis: More Conversations in Swing Guitar

Read "More Conversations in Swing Guitar" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

On the surface, the pairing of these two guitarists from different generations might seem an odd match. Duke Robillard is the founder of Roomful of Blues, has played with Eddie “Cleanhead" Vinson, Big Joe Turner, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bob Dylan. Herb Ellis, the elder half of this duo, has played with everyone from Louis Armstrong to Oscar Peterson, from Billie Holiday to Ella Fitzgerald. But from the very opening notes of More Conversations in Swing Guitar (the follow-up to '99s ...

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Duke Robillard: Living with The Blues

Read "Living with The Blues" reviewed by Charlie B. Dahan

Duke Robillard is a true, if not, under-appreciated, treasure of American music. Since he broke into the music business with the band he help found, Roomful of Blues, Duke has recorded over twenty albums in over twenty years, relying upon virtuostic hands on his guitar and a keen ear for traditional and contemporary styles. Never one to be pigeonholed, Robillard has explored the many faces of jazz, blues and roots music, usually blending them into crafty and tasty recordings. For ...


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