LIVE: Duke Robillard @ the Linda, 5/29

June 1st, 2009, 9:48 am by Greg

Duke Robillard and his five-piece band – including brilliant baritone/tenor saxman Doug James – bobbed and weaved Friday, May 29, in WAMC’s Linda Norris Auditorium knocking out one song after another from a broad stylistic range of the blues pantheon.

The show’s setlist was culled from recordings as diverse as Robillard’s jazz collaboration with Herb Ellis, the horn-driven Roomfull Of Blues and his many solo efforts (including his latest 2-CD set, “World Full Of Blues”).

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From sustained notes to fluid runs, Robillard proved without a doubt to the adoring audience that he is one of the best – Ronnie Earl would be the other – blues-guitar practitioners who can traverse the subtleties of the blues canon from the finesse of John Hammond to the explosiveness of Buddy Guy.

(review and photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)