The Derek Trucks Band: Maybe This Time


Maybe This Time


The Derek Trucks Band


Already Free (Victor 32781)

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Derek Trucks (guitar),

Doyle Bramhall II (lead and background vocals), Kofi Burbridge (Hammond B-3, clavinet), Eric Krasno (guitar), Ted Pecchio (bass), Tyler Greenwell (drums)


Composed by Derek Trucks and Doyle Bramhall II


Recorded: Jacksonville, Florida; no date given (CD released in 2009)


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Now that Derek Trucks has recorded with McCoy Tyner, maybe jazz fans will start paying attention to this exceptional artist. His previous CD, Songlines (2006), has been a frequent friend to my CD player, and this follow-up, Already Free (2009), maintains the same high standards. It's hard to pick the best track on this CD, but "Maybe This Time" is a contender. You may want to pigeonhole this guitarist as a blues or rock act, but if you listen to Trucks's solo on this track you might be reminded of a sitar player or a kora-equipped griot. What you won't find here are stale blues licks. In short, haughty jazz cats could learn a thing or two about improvising from Mr. Trucks. And the rhythm section is happening . . . and I mean Steely Dan-level happening. The jazz purity police may want to stop you from listening to Derek's music, but in this instance civil disobedience is highly recommended.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


  • 1 LJ // Mar 19, 2009 at 10:30 PM
    Agreed--Derek is already a major talent and we hope he has miles to go before the sun sets on his career. One important fact to realize is the access Derek has. His melodic sense and intense technique attract many and he moves through diverse styles with ease; taken together, these facts equate to a broader audience. What jazz purists (strawman?) should recognize is the education Derek Trucks is providing his listeners; this translates into good news for all the genres in which he traffics. We rarely have a musician of talent and versatility in such a central position as Trucks is in. Look for him to go down as one of the most important instrumentalists in American music history. Consider the range he's got and then ask yourself if any of the so-called guitar greats (Page, Clapton, Hendrix, Vaughan--all great, no doubt) can play in as many genres and as well. I'd wager there aren't too many musicians who can. Listen to him and be prepared to be amazed. We are lucky to be a witness to his career.