Reso-guitar mega-monster Rob Ickes has a new CD, focusing on his musical life outside of bluegrass and Blue Highway.
Road Song is a collaboration with jazz pianist Michael Alvey on a set of piano/dobro duets, with Robinella providing vocals on three tracks. Rob says that the music is largely improvised, recorded live in the studio for the most part. Even the vocal parts were cut live without overdubs.
The sound is open and airy, with interplay between the two featured instruments (and the singer) being the focus. Several tracks are new compositions, with a number of familiar jazz standards getting the reso/piano treatment as well. Two Duke Ellington pieces (Caravan and Take The A Train) are included, plus a brilliant vocal performance of The Nearness Of You, recalling some of the marvelous recordings Ella Fitzgerald did for Pablo Records in the 1970s.
We’ll have much more to say about this CD as the release date nears. Great stuff!