If you know Doug Wamble solely from his guitar work with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra or Cassandra Wilson, and haven’t been exposed to his leader work, this latest effort will likely be an eye-popper. Jazz is largely absent from the set, a pop-rock-soul-Americana collection that, like his others, spotlights Wamble as singer-songwriter. While Wamble’s guitar is prominently featured, that’s just one thing he does here: Wamble plays all of the instruments, wrote all but one tune, arranged and produced. His allegiance to the blues remains at the core of many of these tracks (the acoustic closer “A Promise to California”), but some, like “Halcyon,” rock hard, while others display an affinity for pure country.Originally Published
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