The first album is Riding With The King, the 2000 album that united B.B. King and Eric Clapton, which lead it to the top of Billboard’s Blues Album chart and sold over 2,000,000 copies. The album also features contributions from Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Sample, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, and Andy Fairweather Low, along with guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, who also brings in his wife Susannah Melvoin and her sister, Wendy Melvoin.
Joe Walsh’s So What was his third solo album released in 1974, recorded after leaving James Gang and a year or so before he joined The Eagles. Perhaps with guests appearances from Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Randy Meisner, the album could be considered his audition tape of sorts. It’s the album that features “Welcome To The Club” and “Turn To Stone”.
Audio Fidelity are ready to release another remaster so get ready for new hybrid SACD’s when they’re released on July 24th.
The King & Clapton album was remastered by Steve Hoffman while the Walsh album gets a treatment from Kevin Gray. You may pre-order them below via Amazon.
Sometimes all you need to see is the equation and immediately understand the value of its eventual sum. I do not speak of mathematics, but perhaps I am, for the math in this case is the equation of guitarist Ratko Zjaca, along with drummer Steve Gadd, bassist John Patitucci, saxophonist Stanislav Mitrovic, and trumpeter Randy Brecker. Got the mouth drooling? It’s understandable, and with Zjaca as leader, they create a fantastic album called Continental Talk (In+Out) that feels like the 1970’s jazz scene never stopped creating this level of intensity.
It’s fusion, it’s laid back but never smooth, it’s musicianship at its finest and you know what you’re hearing because they know this music is meant to be listened to. As the liner note indicates, “it was a very free session, musically speaking everyone played their hearts out” and it feels like freedom. Light up a candle, and “The New Life” could be the backdrop for your next intercourse session. Play “Breakfast In Tokyo”, inhale, and take in the sounds and scents of a new land. Play “Feather” and tickle yourself to remind yourself that this music and performances aren’t a dream. Whether it’s on his acoustic or electric, Zjaca plays with (p)reserved precision, and I myself liked it when he interacts with bassist Patitucci, as if they’re driving each other and everyone around them to dig deeper and come up with sounds of wisdom.
Musically and culturally, they let all borders go but still understand what it means to have a Continental Talk. Put this album and create your own means of dialog.