May 22, 2012 - It Rock And Roll

Day: May 22, 2012

For his first all-instrumental album, slide guitar master Sonny Landreth assembled an extraordinary group of musicians that included guest guitarists Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson, steel drum legend Robert Greenidge and members of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra directed by Maestro Mariusz Smolij. With elements from many different musical influences – Rock, Blues, Classical, Zydeco, Country, Jazz and Reggae – Landreth’s melodic and harmonically rich compositions shift seamlessly and astonishingly to make this his most diverse and adventurous work to date.

mp3 320 kbps | 107 MB | DF

A mainstay of the New England club circuit for the past decade, Ryan Montbleau left his veteran band behind and headed for New Orleans to record For Higher (May 15), a soulful and swinging collection of his own songs peppered with chestnuts from R+B icons Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield and Eddie Hinton. An invitation a few years ago to write for Crescent City rising star Trombone Shorty inspired Montbleau to journey to the town he describes as “deep, dark and beautiful” and, with help and guidance from  producer Ben Ellman (Galactic), assembled studio sessions with a stellar line up of sidemen (or, as Montbleau calls them, “badasses”) including Ivan Neville on keys, Anders Osborne on guitar, drummer Simon Lott, and Meters bassist George Porter, Jr. The result is a loose and funky exploration that feels like a natural progression for Montbleau — and sounds like a whole lot of fun. “This is a totally different record than I’ve ever made,” he says. “Every single person, kind of to my amazement, got into it. They listened to every playback, and they were high-fiving each other. They were great.”

mp3 320 kbps | 100 MB | DF

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