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So You Don't Like Jazz

Derek Trucks: Chops, Romance & Dance

Read "Derek Trucks: Chops, Romance & Dance" reviewed by Alan Bryson


It's a good bet that most of us have heard people say they don't like jazz, or even worse, drop the H-bomb, “I hate jazz." If you choose to engage, the key is to tread lightly and tailor an approach that considers the tastes and sensibilities of the other person. The “So You Don't Like Jazz" column explores ways to do just that. In this month's column we zero in on three particularly important factors which impact the popularity and ...

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Album Review

Tedeschi Trucks Band: Revelator

Read "Revelator" reviewed by Doug Collette


A natural extension of Already Free (Victor, 2009), the most recent (but hopefully not the last) studio recording by The Derek Trucks Band, the debut album by the Tedeschi Trucks Band broadens the scope of this blues-rooted music with a bigger and proportionately versatile eleven-piece band. The entire unit kicks in on the catchy opener, “Come See About Me," as double drummers match each other's syncopation in front of a hard-pumping horn section. Kofi Burbridge spins out white-hot ...

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Talkin' Blues

Derek Trucks: Moving Forward, Back Where He Started

Read "Derek Trucks: Moving Forward, Back Where He Started" reviewed by Alan Bryson


Over the past few years guitarist Derek Trucks has been on the cover of Down Beat and Rolling Stone; he's been profiled in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal; he's toured with Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana; he's guested on recordings with J.J. Cale, Elvin Bishop, Buddy Guy, David Sanborn and Nashville dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas; and he's done a DVD with McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, and Jack DeJohnette. A child prodigy, he joined Bob Dylan on ...

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Album Review

The Derek Trucks Band: Songlines

Read "Songlines" reviewed by Jim Santella


Derek Trucks has a powerhouse blues guitar manner that just won't let go. His lyrical message grabs you and holds on tight while his band pursues its contemporary aims with confidence. He's highly expressive, and yet everything he has to say through his guitar centers on the story at hand. He's not about flash and mesmerizing technique. Instead, Trucks relates the blues the way it's been done for over a century. He tells stories that leave you in their grasp.


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