104

Tedeschi Trucks Band: Revelator

Doug Collette By

Sign in to view read count
Tedeschi Trucks Band: Revelator 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 clavinet licks before guitarist Derek Trucks slices in with his slide and, upon Susan Tedeschi's reentry on lead vocal, additional singing by Mike Mattison and Mark Rivers echo her bittersweet tones. The joy in hearing this recording is rooted in the judicious way Trucks, as producer, and engineer Jim Scott utilize the various facets of this group's multiple skills as a means to the end of fulfilling the potential of a given song, not just production for production's sake.

There may be nothing truly new at the heart of this music, but even in its comparatively quiet moments, like "Don't Let Me Slide," there's an air of affection and respect for a grand tradition of American roots. In fact, the ingenuous approach to collaboration is what makes the rousing "Bound for Glory" work: schooled on this style of gospel and funk, these musicians sound excited by the prospect of creating their own version of what they've learned over the years. Revelator is a serious enterprise by all involved, not a grand compromise for commerciality's sake, and it shows in ways large and small.

Recorded at Trucks and Tedeschi's home studio in Florida, the music has just enough polish to catch the ear with nuances such as the rhythm guitar part entwined with slide lines on the gorgeous ballad of Mattison's "Midnight in Harlem," or the way bassist Oteil Burbridge percolates throughout the sultry "Until You Remember" without even calling attention to itself. Sequenced with an expert sense of pacing—"Learn How to Love"'s nasty riff contrasting neatly with the deliberate gait of "Easy Way Out"—none of the dozen tracks here sound busy. And on "These Walls," Tedeschi's vocals approach the subtlety of Trucks' guitar work, even as the sounds of the bottleneck meshes with Alam Khan's sarod.

Devoted fans of Trucks and Tedeschi will find plenty familiar in Revelator, most of it nonetheless set in new and different context. Not the least of the surprises are songwriting alliances with the likes of Oliver Wood, The Jayhawks' Gary Louris and Soulive's Eric Krasno, the result of which combines with such an air of spontaneity on "Love Has Something Else to Say" that it sounds like it rises straight from this great band jamming for the pure pleasure of playing together.

Revelator follows in the grand tradition of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Michael Bloomfield's Electric Flag and Al Kooper's (original) Blood Sweat & Tears, as a magnificent fusion of pop, blues, soul and jazz.


Track Listing: Tracks: Come See About Me; Don't Let Me Slide; Midnight In Harlem; Bound For Glory; Simple Things; Until You Remember; Ball And Chain; These Walls; Learn How To Love; Shrimp And Grits (Interlude); Love Has Something Else To Say; Shelter.

Personnel: Susan Tedeschi: guitar, vocals; Derek Trucks: guitar; Kofi Burbridge: keyboards,flute; Oteil Burbridge:bass; Tyler Greenwell:drums, percussion; J.J. Johnson: drums,percussion; Mike Mattison: background vocals; Mark Rivers: background vocals; Ryan Shaw: background vocals; David Ryan Harris: background vocals; Kebbi Williams: saxophone; Saunders Sermons: trombone; Maurice Brown: trumpet; Alam Kham: sarod; Aeric Krasno: acoustic guitar.

Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Sony Masterworks


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Talkin' Blues
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Eric Clapton Eric Clapton
guitar
Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa
guitar
John Mayall John Mayall
composer/conductor
Taj Mahal Taj Mahal
guitar
Albert King Albert King
guitar, electric
Allman Brothers Band Allman Brothers Band
band/orchestra
Johnny Winter Johnny Winter
guitar, electric
Ry Cooder Ry Cooder
guitar
Elmore James Elmore James
guitar, slide
Sonny Landreth Sonny Landreth
guitar, slide

More Articles

Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "This Is Where I Live" CD/LP/Track Review This Is Where I Live
by James Nadal
Published: June 20, 2016
Read "Friday Night in San Francisco" CD/LP/Track Review Friday Night in San Francisco
by Sacha O'Grady
Published: September 4, 2016
Read "Rising Grace" CD/LP/Track Review Rising Grace
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 28, 2016
Read "Ashé" CD/LP/Track Review Ashé
by James Nadal
Published: July 11, 2016
Read "Miguel Angelo Quarteto: A Vida de X" CD/LP/Track Review Miguel Angelo Quarteto: A Vida de X
by Phil Barnes
Published: October 10, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!