September 27, 2002

Keep On Truckin'

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For The Derek Trucks Band, it’s about celebration — paying respect to the diversity of the groove. On their self-titled debut album in 1997, The Derek Trucks Band honored the influence of jazz legends John Coltrane and Miles Davis, as Trucks himself brought his own inflections and subtleties on the slide guitar to the revered tunes written for saxophone and trumpet. This time around, on their new album, Joyful Noise, Derek Trucks honors musical traditions extending from the indomitable soul of Philly-born singer Solomon Burke to the mystical, Pakistani vocals of Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (that’s a long one), only in between the myriad of guest infusions do we hear a few, straight-laced jazz-jam tracks.