Neil Haverstick: T Bone Ford
T Bone Ford
Neil Haverstick (guitar)
Way Down by the Mississippi … a Blues Guitar Tribute (Haverstick)
Neil Haverstick (guitar),
Mary Stribling (electric Bass), Ernie Crews (drums).
Composed by Neil Haverstick.
Recorded: Denver, CO, January-February 2008
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
On this CD, Neil Haverstick's original compositions allow him to acknowledge the stylistic conceptions of a variety of his influences, ranging from T-Bone Walker to Jimi Hendrix, and even jazz guitarist Joe Pass, while also adding his own personal approach and vision to each absorbing and meticulously executed selection. On "T Bone Ford," for example, Haverstick captures the mellow richness of Walker's sound and the clarity and fluidity of his jazz-flavored single-note lines, which paved the way for everyone from B.B. King to Chuck Berry to Mike Bloomfield. Drummer Ernie Crews sets up a distinctly Walker-like shuffle rhythm as Haverstick plays the catchy riff-based theme. The guitarist's subtly embellished riffs that comprise the gist of his flowing solo are performed with an intoxicating rhythmic drive. Haverstick's playing is every bit as self-assured, self-contained and moving as that of T-Bone himself.
The 57-year old Haverstick has been a key session player in the Denver area for many years, as well as an educator who teaches the theory of microtonal tuning systems. He may have slipped under the radar of many guitarheads, but here's a chance to experience a masterful blues-rock oriented guitarist at his very best.
Reviewer: Scott Albin