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Jay McShann with Duke Robillard and Maria Muldaur - Still Jumpin' The Blues (1999) Reissue 2007

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Jay McShann with Duke Robillard and Maria Muldaur - Still Jumpin' The Blues (1999) Reissue 2007

Jay McShann with Duke Robillard and Maria Muldaur - Still Jumpin' The Blues (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 367 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans included | 01:04:29
Jump Blues, Piano Blues, Piano Jazz | Label: Irond | # IROND CD 07-K13

At age 83, pianist/vocalist Jay McShann was still at the top of his game and providing many lessons for the younger "swing" cats and kittens. He is the epitome of what can be done when jazz and blues are mixed equally, especially when the fun factor is liberally added in. While some might find this typical, many others should revel in the sound of one of this music's last living legends who is still doing it, and doing it very well at that. The chemistry between McShann and guitarist/session leader Duke Robillard is considerable and undeniable, and makes Still Jumpin' the Blues enjoyable throughout. With such solid support from Robillard and the band, McShann has nothing to worry about. Everything you might want is here: classic versions of "Goin' to Chicago," "Ain't Nobody's Business," and "Trouble In Mind"; a nice rearrangement with tempo shift from mellow to mid-tempo on "Sunny Side of the Street"; Maria Muldaur's sultry singing on "Come on Over to My House," and especially the Bessie Smith evergreen "Backwater Blues"; wonderful instrumentals like "Moten Swing" and "Say Forward, I'll March"; and even a little Hawaiian slide accenting "Hootie's K.C. Christmas Prayer".

Duke Robillard - Living With The Blues (2002)

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Duke Robillard - Living With The Blues (2002)

Duke Robillard - Living With The Blues (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 385 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Stony Plain | # SPCD 1277 | 00:55:11

Best known as the founder of Roomful of Blues and for his short stint with the Fabulous Thunderbirds (replacing Jimmie Vaughan), Duke Robillard had only released two blues albums between 1996 and 2002. Although he was awarded the W.C. Handy Best Blues Guitarist award for 2000 and 2001 and his tireless road work always included plenty of stinging solos, Robillard left the jazz and worldbeat tangents behind for this welcome return to his first love. Those who have followed Robillard's career know that he's never been tied to one style, and Living With the Blues highlights his eclectic talents. Robillard crackles on everything here, from the straight-ahead Chicago approach of Willie Dixon by way of Muddy Waters' "I Live the Life I Love" to the Roomful-styled hard swing of the obscure Willie Egans' "I'm Mad About You Baby" to the acoustic treatment of Tampa Red's "Hard Road" and the jump blues of his own "Sleepin' on It" (reprised from the Roomful years).

Duke Robillard - A Swingin Session with Duke Robillard (2008)

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Duke Robillard - A Swingin Session with Duke Robillard (2008)

Duke Robillard - A Swingin Session with Duke Robillard (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 328 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 119 Mb | Scans ~ 47 Mb
Contemporary Blues, Guitar Jazz, Swing | Label: Stony Plain | # SPCD 1331 | 00:51:59

Duke Robillard has always had one foot in the blues world and one in the swing/jazz universe. He loves both styles of music and enjoys not only playing them separately but combining them together. The founder of Roomful of Blues back in 1967, Robillard has led dozens of projects throughout his career, including collaborations with guitarist Herb Ellis, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Jay McShann. On A Swingin Session, he plays with some of his favorite musicians, many of whom originated (like he did) in Rhode Island. While six horn players participate, there are no more than four on any one selection, and some numbers do not have any. The contrasting tenor solos are fun to hear, with Scott Hamilton sounding smooth and mellow on his numbers while Sax Gordon is greasier and much closer to Illinois Jacquet. Present throughout are Bruce Katz (mostly on organ), one of three bassists (usually Marty Ballou), and drummer Mark Teixeira. Robillard takes vocals on half of the selections in his personable way, but it is his guitar solos, which hint at both Charlie Christian and T-Bone Walker, that often take honors.

Duke Robillard - Temptation (1994)

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Duke Robillard - Temptation (1994)

Duke Robillard - Temptation (1994)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 358 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 140 Mb
Full Scans | 00:50:23 | RAR 5% Recovery
Pointblank #7243 8 39652 2 9 / 8396522 | Virgin #VPBCD 20
Blues Rock / Contemporary Blues

When Jimmie Vaughan left the Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1990, the band's old pal Duke Robillard filled the guitar slot. The experience seems to have transformed Robillard, a charter member of Roomful of Blues, from a swinging jump-blues man into a thumping blues rocker. You could hear the early indications on his 1991 solo album, Turn It Around, and his 1992 album with the T-Birds, Walk That Walk, Talk That Talk, but the transformation is complete on Temptation. The singer/guitarist has concentrated his grooves around big, fat snare-drum beats and has given his guitar riffs a thick, dirty sound. He wrote or cowrote 9 of the 11 songs, but none of these originals is likely to join the standard blues repertoire.

Duke Robillard - Guitar Groove-A-Rama (2006)

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Duke Robillard - Guitar Groove-A-Rama (2006)

Duke Robillard - Guitar Groove-A-Rama (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 539 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 202 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues | Label: Stony Plain | # SPCD 1316 | Time: 01:17:06

Is Duke Robillard a blues, jazz, swing, or rock musician? That's a question that has plagued many a record store clerk trying to slot the guitarist into a bin that fans might logically gravitate to. But, since Robillard has released albums in all of those genres, he clearly needs multiple locations for his albums, and this one needs to go in all of them. An outlet for his different vintage guitars (some shown on the cover) as well as styles he works in, Guitar Groove-A- Rama is a one-stop album for the Duke Robillard fan who isn't sure which category of music he wants to hear. Kicking off with some dusky Southern swamp rock in "Do the Memphis Grind," the album twists, turns, and wiggles through deep blues, loungey jazz, instrumental surf and pop, a Bob Dylan cover, a tango, and a 16-minute history of blues guitar legends who have inspired Robillard. If it sounds like a lot to bite off, and it is, but due to savvy sequencing and the artist's incredible talents, the project never seems scattershot or eclectic simply for the sake of being so.

Duke Robillard - Blue Mood: The Songs of T-Bone Walker (2004)

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Duke Robillard - Blue Mood: The Songs of T-Bone Walker (2004)

Duke Robillard - Blue Mood: The Songs of T-Bone Walker (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 357 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 123 Mb | Scans ~ 52 Mb
Genre: Blues | Label: Stony Plane | # SPCD 1300 | Time: 00:53:36

Duke Robillard pays homage to T-Bone Walker with this collection of swing, big band and blues songs. The bubbly and bouncy "Lonesome Woman Blues" has a be-bop Count Basie feeling as his supporting players are given brief solos to shine, particularly the horn section. There is far more substance and style to this approach than a rehashed run-through à la Brian Setzer. This fluidity continues, albeit a bit slower in tempo with the swinging "T-Bone Shuffle" which carries the same head-bobbing groove. Here the horns lead the way but Robillard makes his presence felt on guitar near the homestretch, and throughout the stellar "Pony Tail." The barroom blues and drum brushes on "Love Is a Gamble" takes things down to a creepy crawl, bringing to mind Dr. John or Delbert McClinton. An early favorite has to be the rousing and toe-tapping "Alimony Blues," an indication that Robillard wants to pay tribute in the right way by nailing each song beautifully.

Duke Robillard & Herb Ellis - More Conversations In Swing Guitar (2003)

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Duke Robillard & Herb Ellis - More Conversations In Swing Guitar (2003)

Duke Robillard & Herb Ellis - More Conversations In Swing Guitar (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 266 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 122 Mb | Scans included
Guitar Jazz, Swing, Jazz Blues | Label: Stony Plain | # SPCD 1292 | 00:41:36

Many improvisers would agree that having the feeling of the blues is a crucial part of jazz expression; however, the jazz and blues worlds don't interact nearly as often as they should. There are jazz musicians who will play Miles Davis' "All Blues" or Charlie Parker's "Parker's Mood" on a regular basis but wouldn't know John Lee Hooker from Little Milton; there are blues artists who are much more likely to work with a rock musician than a jazz musician. So it is a rare treat to hear a blues-oriented guitarist and a jazz-oriented guitarist co-leading a session, which is exactly what happens on More Conversations in Swing Guitar. This 2003 release is a sequel to bluesman Duke Robillard and jazzman Herb Ellis' 1999 encounter Conversations in Swing Guitar, and the CD proves that good things can happen when jazz and blues players interact. More Conversations in Swing Guitar is an album of very blues-minded instrumental jazz – it's hardly a carbon copy of Robillard's work with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, but the bluesman has no problem appearing in a jazz-oriented setting.

Duke Robillard - Exalted Lover (2003)

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Duke Robillard - Exalted Lover (2003)

Duke Robillard - Exalted Lover (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 111 Mb
Label: Stony Plain | # SPCD1293 | Time: 00:41:51 | Scans included
Contemporary Blues, Blues Rock, Roots Rock

Duke Robillard’s won a reputation as one of finest guitarists in blues, but this disc also displays his command of rock ‘n’ roll, country, and jazz balladry. The latter drives his duet with country star Pam Tillis, "I’ll Never Be Free," which plays off their easy vocal interplay, Robillard’s classic picking, and his band’s swinging drive. It’s also a pleasure to hear him singing and slinging guitars with blueswoman Debbie Davies on the chugging shuffle "How Long Has It Been." But the best moments may be Robillard’s incendiary solos, like when he uncorks his Stratocaster in the middle of "Deep Inside," matching his lyrics’ cry of aching devotion with a hailstorm of quivering bent notes and brightly snapped strings in sharp, stinging phrases. Three songs later he’s playing in a twang and tremolo style like a Texas roadhouse veteran. In any context, what comes from Robillard’s nimble fingers and open mind is the sound of a master at work.

Duke Robillard - Stretchin' Out: Live (1998)

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Duke Robillard - Stretchin' Out: Live (1998)

Duke Robillard - Stretchin' Out: Live (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 387 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 140 Mb | Scans ~ 32 Mb
Modern Electric Blues | Label: Stony Plain/DixieFrog | # DFGCD 8483 | 01:01:08

The night was November 26, 1995; the club: Richard's on Richards in Vancouver; and the lineup with Duke Robillard comprised Marty Ballou on bass, Marty Richards on drums, and "Sax" Gordon Beadle on tenor and baritone sax. They were touring with Jimmy Witherspoon and this album captures the set before they brought "Spoon" to the stage. It was taped for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's "Saturday Night Blues" program with host Holger Petersen. Seven of the nine songs on Stretchin' Out also appear on 1996's Duke's Blues. That one is truly a gem, but for fans who don't have it yet, one might recommend this recording instead. "Too Hot to Handle" and "That's My Life" are the only tracks that aren't on Duke's Blues. Even if you do have Duke's Blues, Stretchin' Out is still well worth the purchase because of the great extended jams and shoot-from-the-hip guitar licks you won't find anywhere else. Robillard sings a few bars on Albert Collins' "Dyin' Flu" with no mic. You have to strain to hear him over the inevitable amplifier hums and crowd support of a live recording (one fan yells "Duke it out!"), but that's what makes it so cool and compelling.

Duke Robillard - Duke Robillard Plays Blues: The Rounder Years (1997)

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Duke Robillard - Duke Robillard Plays Blues: The Rounder Years (1997)

Duke Robillard - Duke Robillard Plays Blues: The Rounder Years (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 506 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 193 Mb | Scans included | 01:11:42
Modern Electric Blues, Blues Rock | Label: Bullseye Blues/Rounder | # CD BB 9598

The title is bound to confuse (and possibly annoy) some blues purists. Except for a handful of straight blues numbers – including one of the most heartfelt T-Bone Walker tributes ever in "Duke's Mood" – Duke Robillard Plays Blues: The Rounder Years is mostly a rock-oriented anthology drawn from the post-Roomful of Blues but pre-Fabulous Thunderbirds stage of Robillard's career. No bonus tracks or previously unissued takes – just reissued material culled from four albums released on Rounder between 1983 and 1991. (Note that Robillard's "Rounder Years" also produced some fantastic swing music, but you won't find any of it here since it's been allocated to the sister compilation Duke Robillard Plays Jazz: The Rounder Years.) The '80s were an interesting decade for Robillard, as he took on a more stripped-down, roots rock (but still bluesy) approach with his trio, the Pleasure Kings, and then headed into that contemporary blues-rock zone often associated with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Duke Robillard & Herb Ellis - Conversations In Swing Guitar (1999)

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Duke Robillard & Herb Ellis - Conversations In Swing Guitar (1999)

Duke Robillard & Herb Ellis - Conversations In Swing Guitar (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 132 Mb | Scans included
Guitar Jazz, Swing, Jazz Blues | Label: Stony Plain | # SPCD 1260 | 00:48:22

This is a not very challenging, but thoroughly charming, summit meeting between a blues guitar master and a jazz guitar legend. Taking four classic swing tunes ("Just Squeeze Me," "Avalon," "Stuffy," and, inevitably, "Flyin' Home"), two Robillard originals, and a jointly composed slow blues, and helped out by bassist Marty Ballou and drummer Marty Richards, Duke Robillard and Herb Ellis deliver a 48-minute swing guitar master class, Conversations in Swing Guitar. Ellis comes from jazz and Robillard from the blues, so their approaches are just distinct enough to keep things interesting; although both play with a clean, fat jazz tone and no one ever really hauls off and shreds, Robillard tends towards bent notes and funky chordal things while Ellis thinks a bit more in terms of long lines and florid ornamentation. Every so often you might find yourself wishing that the edges were just a bit rougher, but both of these guys are clearly having a great old time, and you will too.

The Duke Robillard Band Featuring Susann Forrest - Turn It Around (1991)

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The Duke Robillard Band Featuring Susann Forrest - Turn It Around (1991)

The Duke Robillard Band Featuring Susann Forrest - Turn It Around (1991)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 292 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 111 Mb
Full Scans | 00:43:38 | RAR 5% Recovery
Blues, Rock | Rounder Records #CD 3116

Between stints with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and his work as a busy session player, Roomful of Blues founder and original guitarist Duke Robillard finds time to work with his own band, one of the most rockin' ensembles extant, highlighted by the vocal support of Susann Forrest. "Turn it Around" is yet another excellent Duke Robillard offering which features guest artist Suzanne Forest. This album was released about the same time as the Fabulous Thunderbirds' "Walk that Walk, Talk that Talk" disc, and Duke's guitar and vocals are on the same high level as on the latter. Add angelic vocals by Ms. Forest and this disc is a superb representation of vintage Duke Robillard. Anybody who enjoys blues, Texas rock 'n roll and r&b needs to add this to their collection.

Joe Louis Walker - Between A Rock And The Blues (2009)

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Joe Louis Walker - Between A Rock And The Blues (2009)

Joe Louis Walker - Between A Rock And The Blues (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 440 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Scans ~ 40 Mb
Modern Electric Blues | Label: Stony Plain/DixieFrog | # DFGCD 8673 | 01:03:14

Multiple Grammy and Blues Music Award winner Joe Louis Walker's second release for Stony Plain is a landmark album that follows on the heels of his highly acclaimed 'Witness To The Blues.' Both produced by guitar legend Duke Robillard. Kevin Eubanks, the longtime leader of the Tonight Show Band is featured on two tracks along with Doug James, Duke Robillard and members of Duke's band.

Duke Robillard And Sunny Crownover - Tales From The Tiki Lounge (2009)

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Duke Robillard And Sunny Crownover - Tales From The Tiki Lounge (2009)

Duke Robillard And Sunny Crownover - Tales From The Tiki Lounge (2009)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 354 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 151 Mb
Full Scans | 00:53:18 | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Blues | Blue Duchess Records #TL-1001

Tales from the Tiki Lounge is Duke Robillard and Sunny Crownover's tribute to Les Paul & Mary Ford. Robillard, an accomplished veteran guitarist with a background in blues and swing, demonstrates that he knows his way around a Gibson Les Paul model guitar in the ways that Paul played and overdubbed it on his series of hit recordings with his then-wife, Ford, singing from the early '50s to the early ‘60s. Crownover, whose voice producer Robillard sometimes double-tracks or adds echo to in emulation of Paul's recording approach, has a warm tone consistent with Ford's. The selections include many of the Paul/Ford hits, including "Bye Bye Blues," "Just One More Chance," "Smoke Rings," and "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)," as well as songs Robillard has wisely selected that, while not actually recorded by Paul and Ford, can be performed in their style.

Duke Robillard & His All-Star Band - Six Strings Of Steel (2023)

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Duke Robillard & His All-Star Band - Six Strings Of Steel (2023)

Duke Robillard & His All-Star Band - Six Strings Of Steel (2023)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 323 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 120 Mb
Full Scans | 00:44:31 | RAR 5% Recovery
Modern Electric Blues | M.C. Records #MC-0092

Best known for his classic blues, jazz and guitar instrumental sounds, Duke Robillard cuts loose in style on his 2023 album Six Strings Of Steel. Credited to Duke Robillard & His All-Star Band, the 12-track, 60-minute CD features Duke’s guitar and vocals backed up by a top-flight band including long-time Robillard band members Mark Teixeira (drums), Bruce Bears (keys), Marty Ballou (bass), and Doug James (sax), in addition to recently added band member, Chris Cote (vocals). Guesting is Katie Shore (fiddle) of Asleep at The Wheel.