Root Doctor releases new cd!!
Sat Oct 20 14:16:43 EDT 2007
Jeff writes some compelling stuff here Greg! I gotta hear the new one my
brother! I know Keith and the guys did the horns so that will be slammin' !
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 11:11:43 -0400
From: Jeff Konkel <_jeffkonkel@HOTMAIL.COM_
Subject: Re: Root Doctor releases new cd!!
the new root doctor CD really is excellent . . . here's what i wrote
it on another board:
"Change Our Ways, the new CD from Root Doctor showed up in my mailbox
yesterday afternoon. I=92ve had a chance to listen to it twice, and
"On paper, Root Doctor shouldn=92t really flip my switch. I prefer down
blues, and these guys are clearly more =93uptown.=94 My taste in
toward southern soul, while these guys clearly draw a lot from their
Michigan predecessors. When it comes to jazz, I prefer the kind that
on avant garde, while Root Doctor clearly has a fondness for the smoky,
blues-based jazz of Jimmy Smith and Big John Patton.
"So why do I like this record so much? Because it absolutely bristles
energy and intelligence. The band clearly has huge chops, and they=92re
afraid to show them off =96 but never at the expense of the music. The
songwriting is strong and varied and the performances are polished but
sterile. There are hints of Albert King and the aforementioned Jimmy
but also Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge and even Mitch Ryder and the
"Highlights abound on this beautifully produced and brilliantly
record. I=92m particularly fond of =93Give Me Love,=94 which plays like
R&B barnburner, but has a huge dose of country swagger to it.
to imagine Willie Nelson and his classic seventies band tackling this
Another favorite is =93Lucky One,=94 co-written by our own Greg Nagy.
beautiful, gospel-drenched ballad would fit perfectly on one of Solomon
Burke=92s recent comeback records. "Big Blue Cadillac" is a slab of
featuring Greg's searing, Funkadelic-inspired guitar work and bruising
work from the Motor City Horns.
"Six of the ten tracks on Change Our Way are originals, but the four
are no mere filler. Warren Haynes=92 beautiful =93Soul Shine=94 is
anthemic arrangement, complete with an Allman-esque intro by Greg. You
practically see the lighters waving in the dark during this one. But to
the most stunning cover on the record is Root Doctor=92s goose
take on the Temptations classic =93I Wish It Would Rain.=94 Its spare,
arrangement is tastefully augmented by mournful cello and violin, while
singer Freddie Cunningham delivers one of the most soulful vocals this
of Muscle Shoals. Absolutely stunning.
"Very highly recommended. Now if you=92ll excuse me, I=92m gonna give
a third spin . . ."
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