Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Dan Bilawsky
Guitarist Duke Robillard may be widely praised for his blues bona fides, but calling him a blues guitarist is a bit limiting. While his work with Roomful of Blues and his stint with the Fabulous Thunderbirds have earned him a large fan base and some well-deserved respect in the blues and guitar communities, he's proven himself equally conversant in jazz and elsewhere. Blues music remains his bread and butter, but albums like After Hours Swing Session (Rounder, 1990), Conversations In Swing Guitar (Stony Plain, 1999), and A Swingin Session With Duke Robillard (Stony Plain, 2008) have marked him as a unique jazz stylist with an innate sense of musicality.
Wobble Walkin' can be added under the "Jazz-centered Releases" heading in Robillard's discography, but it retains the essence of his favored style. One could no sooner remove stripes from a zebra than remove the blues from the guitar work of Duke Robillard. Every chord and line that emanates from his being is connected to the world of the blues, regardless of the material, and his delivery could serve as the very definition of unassuming musical sophistication. ... read more...
Personnel: Duke Robillard (guitars); Brad Hallen (acoustic bass); Mark Teixeira (drums).
Audio Mixer: John Paul Gauthier.
Liner Note Author: Jim Carlton.
Recording information: Lakewest Recording, West Greenwich, RI.