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Re­views this month in­clude: Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Rusty Coo­ley and Ayns­ley Lis­ter.

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Lis­ter’s eighth stu­dio al­bum sees him at the top of his game. Eyes Wide Open grabs you in, from All Of Your Love’s open­ing riff to the fi­nal note of Hold You To It. Lis­ter’s mu­sic brims with blues – his in­flu­ences are all the usual Bri­tish and Amer­i­can sus­pects – but his mu­sic is so much more, with hooky cho­ruses, beefy riffs and emo­tive vo­cals. Ev­ery­thing I Have To Give is Peter Green meets Al­bert King on steroids, with or­gan back­ing and horns – but watch out for Lis­ter’s big solo at the end. Won’t Be Taken Down’s de­scend­ing arpeg­gio-fu­elled chord se­quence and huge gui­tar sound is blues-rock at his best. Ayns­ley re­ally knows how to shape a solo, when to hold back and when to step on the gas – just lis­ten to Kalina’s epic bridge pickup solo. No duff tracks or fillers here, and al­though packed with great play­ing from start to fin­ish it’s never ‘gui­tar solo for gui­tar solo’s sake’. With fine songs, a top-notch band, pow­er­ful pro­duc­tion and a mix of great tones this is Bri­tish blues at its finest, but with a catchy rock edge. Eyes Wide Open re­ally is up there with the best.

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