Thom Rotella: Bluze 4 Youze


Bluze 4 Youze


Thom Rotella 4-Tet


Out of the Blues (Four Bar Music)

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Thom Rotella (guitar),

Llew Mathews (piano), Luther Hughes (bass), Roy McCurdy (drums)


Composed by Thom Rotella


Recorded: Los Angeles, 2007


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

The blues is an idiom that instantly attracts most people, despite a variety of musical tastes, by its inherently visceral pull on our emotional center. When a talented group evokes these feelings by playing the blues, most people empathetically swing their heads and tap their feet. That is how I respond to this track. Driven by the laid-back but always present saunter of drummer Roy McCurdy and bassist Luther Hughes, Thom Rotella easily maneuvers the mellow but bluesy sound of his semi-hollow guitar to extract just the right amount of heartfelt feeling. A nicely placed solo by Llew Mathews on the ivories is adroitly soulful. Rotella's single-line playing has fluidity with a touch of Benson to it. His octave playing is in this instance Wes-inspired but clearly all Rotella. Luther Hughes's bending basslines during his solo lend nicely to the funky nature of this blues bouncer. It's good to hear the cool school of guitar blues, so well represented by such elders as Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell, still alive and well with Thom Rotella.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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