Pool­ing their tal­ents

Su­san Tedeschi, Derek Trucks team up asTedeschi Trucks Band, re­lease new CD

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ISLAND WEEKEND - Doug Gal­lant, a reporter with The Guardian, writes his mu­sic re­view col­umn for The Guardian ev­ery week. He wel­comes com­ments from read­ers at dgal­lant@the­guardian.pe.ca or 629-6000, ext. 6057.

“Let Me Get By”, the new al­bum by the Tedeschi Trucks Band proves that Su­san Tedeschi and Derek Trucks were on the right path when they joined forces sev­eral years ago.

When gui­tarist/vo­cal­ist Su­san Tedeschi and slide gui­tarist Derek Trucks de­cided to shelve their re­spec­tive bands and pool their tal­ents to be­come the Tedeschi Trucks Band sev­eral years ago there were those who shook their heads.

Both bands had, af­ter all, done very well and each had a solid fan base.

Why kill a good thing, some thought. Those who thought that thought wrong.

“Reve­la­tor”, re­leased in 2011, “Ev­ery­body's Talkin”, the live set re­leased in 2012 and “Made Up Mind”, re­leased in 2013 showed the de­ci­sion to merge their tal­ents had been a very good one, be­cause from that union has come some ex­em­plary ma­te­rial.

And they con­tinue down that path with “Let Me Get By”, the band's first new stu­dio record­ing in al­most three years.

This set rep­re­sents a num­ber of firsts for Tedeschi and Trucks, who've been hus­band and wife for some 15 years.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing their first record for a new la­bel, Fan­tasy Records, “Let Me Get There” is the first record by the band to be pro­duced by Trucks, with a lit­tle help from Doyle Bramhall II, who served as co-pro­ducer on three tracks.

It's also the first record in which Trucks and Tedeschi cowrote all of the ma­te­rial.

And last, but by no means least, it's the first record for Trucks since the dis­so­lu­tion of the All­man Brothers Band, which he spent 15 years in.

With the All­mans now out of the pic­ture, Trucks was free to de­vote a lot more time and en­ergy to TTB and he put a lot of that into the mak­ing of this set.

Count­less hours were spent in the stu­dio with en­gi­neer Bobby Tis try­ing to get ex­actly the right sound and craft­ing the ar­range­ments which, with a 12-piece band that in­cludes a three-piece horn, is no small task.

And that work has paid off in spades.

Tedeschi, Trucks and com­pany – which now in­cludes bass player Tim Lefebvre – flex some se­ri­ous mus­cle on this record, a big, ballsy, steam­ing mix of blues, soul, R&B and funk, with more than a lit­tle hint of south­ern gospel mu­sic.

“Let Me Get” By fea­tures 10 new, orig­i­nal songs that to­gether make for one hell of a record.

Any­one lucky enough to see the band last year will have heard some of th­ese songs but a num­ber of them were in­ten­tion­ally held back for the re­lease of this record.

The songs are pow­er­ful and the per­for­mances are, sim­ply put, truly out­stand­ing. I don't know if I've ever heard ei­ther Tedeschi or Trucks sound any bet­ter than this and that's say­ing some­thing.

Stel­lar work all around by the band, in par­tic­u­lar Kofi Bur­bridge on key­boards, Kebbi Wil­liams on sax, the new bass player Lefebvre and Mike Mat­ti­son, who's been singing har­monies and writ­ing for the band for some time but steps out front here to sing lead.

In ad­di­tion to the 10-track stan­dard is­sue, there is also a 2Disc deluxe ver­sion of Let Me Get By that fea­tures eight ad­di­tional tracks. Some were recorded live at The Bea­con in New York, the rest are al­ter­nate mixes, early song takes and ad­di­tional stu­dio ma­te­rial. You can also get this on 180 gram vinyl. Choice of­fer­ings in­clude Any­how, Don't Know What It Means, Cry­ing Over You, Hear Me and Let Me Get By.

(Rat­ing 4 out of 5 stars)

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Tedeschi Trucks Band flexes some se­ri­ous mus­cle on “Let Me Get By”, its first new record in three years.

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