CD Review -Tedeschi Trucks Band Live -Everybody's Talkin'

Originally Publish in Innocent Words 

Tedeschi Trucks Band Live –Everybody’s Talkin’ –Sony Masterworks

In today’s world of digital recording where editing and studio magic is as easy as a click of the mouse and auto tune rules the airwaves in every genre , a live album from master musicians seams and old fashioned notion. Everybody’s Talkin’ from the eleven piece ensemble led by Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks not only dispels that notion, it firmly declares that the era of great live bands that can flat out jam is far from dead. The collection of songs from the band’s Grammy winning album Revelator and inspired cover songs provides a showcase for each member and displays the awesome power of group that can turn dynamics from thunder to a whisper on a dime as they rage from burning blues to free jazz and classic soul all within one song. Make no mistake this isn’t for the casual listener as the shortest song of the thirteen track double album, the Elmore James standard “Rollin’ And Tumblin,” is over five minutes. The longest track, Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight,” features a brilliant trumpet solo from Maurice Brown, a mind blowing George Benson style bass solo from Oteil Burbridge and a double drumming showcase for J.J Johnson and Tyler Greenwell ,sixteen minutes of sheer musical joy. Where do you begin highlighting the total awe inspiring performances from Susan Tedeschi on lead vocal and electric guitar, she is simply beyond compare. But make no mistake each track exemplifies why Derek trucks is bound for the rock and roll hall of fame, not only has he reinvented the slide guitar, he is also a band leader par excellence’ and at the center of this group of master players who are pushing the limits every second with Trucks leading the way.

 

Originally appeared in Innocent Words 7-2012 

Rick J Bowen

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Tags: CD, blues, reviews

Comment by Kip Byrum on June 30, 2012 at 2:01pm

I agree with ya 100%, Derek is HOF quality when it comes to playin' slide. Man I saw this kid the first time when he was 13 years old and even then he impressed the hell out of me. Then I saw him and he was probably, I would quess 17 or 18 playing with Col. Bruce Hampton and the Fiji Mariners with Ortiel and Jeff Sipe on skins and he had gotten even better. His work in the ABB is just the best. If you have ever seen the DVD "The Allman Brothers at the Beacon" the lead that he shares with Warren on Rockin' Horse is pure gold. This album and his Derek Trucks Band album "Roadsongs" is on constant play at my house.

Comment by Steve Ford on July 2, 2012 at 3:17am

 Agree 110% Rick. Here's an equally glowing review from Down Under.

Comment by Christopher Johnson on July 2, 2012 at 12:00pm
You left nothing to say, but it is so good to hear live performances of this caliber.
Comment by Matthew Wester on July 3, 2012 at 9:05am

I'm going to see the band live in a few weeks and I'm hoping its a great show because I LOVE this style of music and the big soul/R&B band, obviously taking some inspiration from Delaney and Bonnie and Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen.

 

There is some intangible thing with Tedeschi Trucks Band that keeps me from being completely ecstatic, though.  They have all the right ingredients, with the horn section and back up vocals, the sweet sweet slide guitar master, Susan's soulful, powerful voice.  They also have all the right musical influences.  It just feels a little too forced, rehearsed, controlled, or something like that.  I think it needs a little looseness, or the edges roughed up a bit.  Its hard to be critical of something this good, and really all I'm saying is that they are this close to being as good as the great masters, but they are still just that one element away, to my ears.

I wish the arrangements didn't have so many solos where the rest of the band vamps while the soloist does his or her thing.  Instead, I'd love to hear them playing more like a collective ensemble with everyone soloing at once to create a huge crescendo (like the Grateful Dead did when they were on or like Wilco does at times).

No doubt we are very very fortunate to still have anyone who can play this kind of music with this level of skill and still make it economically viable in these times.

Comment by Rick J Bowen on July 3, 2012 at 10:53am

thanks matt..  what TTB is doing live is essentially Jazz /blues /rock fussion .. and that genre is dead to main stream pop culture. And the "solo" over a vamp as you say is the basis for the art form and something that is dying out.

Each memeber of TTB is a fantastic musician deserving of a spotlight.. In a world where lady gaga dominates the "live" concert scene...with no band and backing tracks..

I would hope the readers of No Depression would embrace the Blues Grammy winner and THE  ONLY Grammy winner to produce a Live album in decades. 

I hope you enjoy the show. I have seen them twice and loved it.  

Comment by Steve Ford on July 3, 2012 at 3:02pm

I have been watching live music for more than 45 years. I have NEVER enjoyed a band more than TTB in Australia last year. My wife and I are travelling to the States for the first time in September and before we booked flights or arranged accommodation, we bought tickets to see TTB in New York. They are that good. Matthew, I think you'll have a memorable night. 

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