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The Duke Robillard Jazz Trio: Wobble Walkin’

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Meet the new boss: guitarist Duke Robillard, heading up his own record label after distinguishing himself on numerous others. It’s likely to be a good career move, at least artistically, judging from this playful, soulful and swinging mix of original tunes and pop classics.

Longtime fans won’t find many surprises, but there are some appealing twists, beginning with the album’s aptly named title track. An out-of-kilter guitar novelty, it’s the opening cut and the first hint at some of the more engaging performances to come-for instance, the funky boogaloo arrangement of “Hi-Heel Sneakers,” complete with guitar chordal stabs that suggest the presence of a B3 organist.

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