Blue Mood: The Songs of T-Bone Walker

Blue Mood: The Songs of T-Bone Walker

by Duke RobillardDuke Robillard


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Duke Robillard pays homage to T-Bone Walker with this collection of swing, big band and blues songs. The bubbly and bouncy "Lonesome Woman Blues" has a be-bop Count Basie feeling as his supporting players are given brief solos to shine, particularly the horn section. There is far more substance and style to this approach than a rehashed run-through à la Brian Setzer. This fluidity continues, albeit a bit slower in tempo with the swinging "T-Bone Shuffle" which carries the same head-bobbing groove. Here the horns lead the way but Robillard makes his presence felt on guitar near the homestretch, and throughout the stellar "Pony Tail." The barroom blues and drum brushes on "Love Is a Gamble" takes things down to a creepy crawl, bringing to mind Dr. John or Delbert McClinton. An early favorite has to be the rousing and toe-tapping "Alimony Blues," an indication that Robillard wants to pay tribute in the right way by nailing each song beautifully. The same can be said for the finger-snapping "T-Bone Boogie," which just touches a guitar style of Chuck Berry in its introduction and also near the closing rave-up. The ebb and flow of the album is probably its greatest strength, as "Blue Mood" has Robillard up to his waist in the blues. The lengthy nine-minute epic "I'm Still in Love With You" seems to sag in parts, partly because the momentum isn't consistent for the song. It also brings to mind Fats Domino often. "Born to Be No Good" has a better fate, especially with Robillard evoking the styles of B.B. King and Clapton circa From the Cradle on this number -- meticulous and deliberate but quite engaging. "This has been an inspirational project of the highest order for me," Robillard says in the liner notes. The end result is another charming record.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/01/2004
Label: Stony Plain Music
UPC: 0772532130028
catalogNumber: 1300
Rank: 116223

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Robillard   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Billy Novick   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
John Abrahamsen   Trumpet
Basile   Cornet
Gordon "Sax" Beadle   Tenor Saxophone
Sax Gordon   Tenor Saxophone
Doug James   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Matt McCabe   Piano
Carl Querfurth   Trombone
Jesse Williams   Double Bass
Mark Teixeira   Drums

Technical Credits

Duke Robillard   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
T-Bone Walker   Composer
John Paul Gauthier   Engineer,Engineering
Holger Petersen   Executive Producer
Aaron Walker   Composer
Marl Young   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Florence Cadrez   Composer
Freddie Simon   Composer
John Henry   Composer

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