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B.B. King: Reflections

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (07/24/03, p.86) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Still a force of nature at seventy-seven, B.B. King has made his new album, REFLECTIONS, a classy affair, tilted toward ballads and standards..."

Vibe (7/03, p.146) - 4 out of 5 - "...A set of 13 Tin Pan Alley, jazz, blues and R&B songs that have inspired and comforted him....REFLECTIONS is one of B.B. King's most memorable..."

Album Notes

This is a Super Audio CD playable only on Super Audio CD players.

Personnel: B.B. King (guitar); Doyle Bramhall II (guitar); Toby Baker (Fender Rhodes piano); Tim Carmon (piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Joe Sample (keyboards); Nathan East (bass); Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums).

Recorded at Record One, Sherman Oaks, California.

Personnel: B.B. King (vocals, electric guitar); Doyle Bramhall II (guitar); Joe Sample (Wurlitzer piano, Fender Rhodes piano, acoustic piano); Tom Baker (Fender Rhodes piano); Tim Carmon (acoustic piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Nathan East (bass); Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums).

Recorded at Record One, Sherman Oaks, California.

Having plied his trade for well over a half century, B.B. King kicks back with 2003 outing REFLECTIONS that finds him tackling a baker's dozen worth of pop, jazz, country and blues standards. Teaming up with Eric Clapton producer Simon Climie, King is also joined by a coterie of respected sidemen including jazz great Joe Sample and blues-rocker Doyle Bramhall II. Among the many influential idols this Mississippi native tips his hat to include Louis Armstrong (a stirring "What a Wonderful World"), Nat "King Cole (the snappy "Exactly Like You"), and Frank Sinatra (a lush "I'll String You Along.") Oftentimes in the quest to lend an air of sophistication to a project that leans so heavily on older and more classic material, there's always the danger of an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach when it comes to adding additional orchestration. Thankfully, Alan Douglas uses a light touch with his string arrangements on cuts like "On My Word of Honor" and "Neighborhood Affair," a pair of songs previously recorded by King. With REFLECTIONS, this guitar-playing septuagenarian shows he's hasn't lost a step.


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