reg­gie Young

For­ever Young Whal­ing City Sound ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪✪

Guitar Techniques - - REVIEWS -

Reg­gie Young is one of the world’s most re­spected and recorded ses­sion gui­tarists of all time (see p12). So a solo al­bum would seem to prom­ise much, right? In­deed it does; this is an in­stru­men­tal al­bum with high mu­si­cian­ship that al­ways serves the songs. Armed with his fave Fender amps (Deluxe and Twin) and Strat or Tele gui­tars, Reg­gie plays clean elec­tric like few oth­ers. Opener Com­ing Home To Leipers Fork is a case in point; light tremolo elec­tric gui­tar play­ing a soul­ful chord melody be­fore be­ing joined by ad­di­tional Mem­phis meets Cur­tis May­field gui­tar fills. When the band en­ters it’s a lovely old-skool groove, with a soft back beat, slightly swung and taste­ful horn sec­tion parts. Mem­phis Grease ups the tempo a notch with a gui­tar per­for­mance that is su­per taste­ful and melodic. Exit 209 has more bite; Reg­gie digs in here dur­ing the song’s solo. The clos­ing Jen­nifer, named af­ter his wife (nice cello play­ing here), is sim­ply gor­geous. If you’re a fan of soul blues gui­tar with a great back­ing band (Larry Carl­ton springs to mind), this is highly rec­om­mended!

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