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  • Audio CD (March 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stony Plain Music
  • ASIN: B000E5KU6U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Do The Memphis Grind
2. Gambler Blues
3. Down Along The Cove
4. Sunday Mornin'
5. Sewed Up
6. Danny Boy
7. Blues A Rama
8. I'll Do Anything But Work
9. No Way Out
10. This Dream
11. Just Before Dawn
12. Dawin
13. Cookin'
14. Dark Eyes

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As the title implies, Guitar Groove-a-Rama is a showcase for Duke Robillard and his guitar collection. It allows him to both flex his chops in a variety of styles and display his impressive set of instruments--on the cover and in the grooves. Although he has recorded jazz discs, the founding member of Roomful of Blues is primarily a blues player, and that genre grounds the majority of this crackling release. It's also a jumping-off place for songs that reference twang (a peppy version of Bob Dylan's "Down Along the Cove"), jazzy lounge/gospel ("Sunday Mornin'"), and tough swamp ("Sewed Up"), plus a "Tequila"-styled surf take on Sonny Boy Williamson's "No Way Out" and even a swinging instrumental rendition of "Danny Boy" with a surprise Beatlesque ending.

The album's 16-minute centerpiece, "Blues-a-Rama," is a magnificent vehicle for Robillard. He uses a standard slow blues to introduce and play licks in the style of about a dozen influential guitarists, from the usual suspects such as Buddy Guy and Freddie, Albert, and B.B. King to the slightly more obscure likes of Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. That track, like this terrific album, is a mini history lesson in blues guitar that every lover of the genre will enjoy and newcomers can use as a handy course. --Hal Horowitz

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Guitar Groove-A-Rama features Duke in a mostly trio format, accentuating the many nuances of his guitar work and representing perhaps Duke's most ambitious album yet in a career that spans almost 40 years. Duke's credits include a long list of impressive collaborations in studio and onstage with everyone for Muddy Waters and B B King to Bob Dylan. He is also known for founding Roomful of Blues and replacing Jimmie Vaughan in The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Duke has been honored as Best Guitarist at The Blues Music Awards (formerly The W.C. Handy Awards) 4 of the past 6 years and was named Best International Blues Artist in Canada's Maple Blues Awards three of the past five years. Stony Plain. 2006.

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...So sit back crank up your stereo and GROOVE!
M. Bernocchi
Guitar Groove A Rama features a strong collection of diverse material all beautifully played with delicious guitar tones.
Star Thrower
In a few words, this record is a must to all Blues lovers and even more if they love guitar music, of course.
Jose Maria Domenech Fedi

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Star Thrower on March 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
To reiterate the editor's words, this is a terrific new release from Mr. Robillard! Guitar Groove A Rama features a strong collection of diverse material all beautifully played with delicious guitar tones. I have to confess I hadn't bought a Duke Robillard cd in nine years and I was initially seduced by the cover photo, being a sucker for beautiful guitars. The seduction continued as the first notes of ... Memphis Grind poured out of my stereo speakers. This "swampy little tune", to quote Robillard is classic Duke, and a great start to a 77 minute romp that does not disappoint. Recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Music, Man! on August 11, 2006
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I remember seeing Duke play at the old Lone Star Club on 5th Avenue in Manhattan about twenty years ago. He was opening for the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and it was an unforgettable night. He opened with a perfect rendition of "Honky Tonk". You could see and feel the love in his playing that night. I have been a fan of his ever since. He put out a couple of albums with his great trio, and I still own both on LP.

This album is like a big hug from Duke for all his fellow blues and roots music lovers. I always find Duke's other albums enjoyable (I particularly like his guitar duets with Herb Ellis), but this one is different in that it embraces you and doesn't let go. Beautifully engineered too.

I think it is worthy of a Grammy. Thanks Duke.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Bernocchi on April 23, 2006
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...So sit back crank up your stereo and GROOVE! This is a phrase that you can read on the back cover of the CD at the end of Duke's statement. Well, this is exactly what I have done as soon as I received the delivery from Amazon and from the opening track to the last one I have been carried away by an incredible series of great blues. Following the extraordinary "The Duke meets the Earl" Duke Robillard delivers another excellent album that once again demonstrates beyond any doubts his immense talent as guitar player. This time, as stated also on the editorial review, Duke Robillard pays a sort of tribute to all the artists who influenced him as musicians. Different styles of blues magnificently played using a lot of different guitars as described track by track by Duke himself. From my point of view this is the best blues release so far in 2006. Really recommended not only to all the blues lovers but also to everyone who enjoy great guitar music. Simply a must have album that will stay permanently for the years to come in your CD rotation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Olson on September 12, 2006
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I have several discs from this guitar musicologist but I have never seen him live until this year at Chrome in Las Vegas. What a treat. When he debuted "Sunday Mornin'" from his latest, I was hooked on this one. This disc allows the listener to sample a wide range of styles from the greats of blues, so students....a perfect contemporary primer. Start groovin'!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jose Maria Domenech Fedi on June 3, 2007
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What a great guitar record, totally based in the "twelve compasses rhythm", in the Blues, with some shades of jazz. I would only leave aside some free kind of bolero in the tune "Danny boy" and a kind of tango "Dark eyes", in spite of the nice playing Doug James's baritone sax and Al Basile's cornet but I thing out of place in a Blues record . The rest of the record is simply magnificent. The album highlight is perhaps "Blues A Rama", in which Robillard pays homage to all his mentors and idols of Chicago Blues, New Orleans Blues, Texas Blues and so on... like Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Jones, Johnny Guitar Watson, T-Bone Walker, the three kings B.B.King, Freddie King y Albert King and the possibly current top Chicago Blues performer, the great Buddy Guy. In a few words, this record is a must to all Blues lovers and even more if they love guitar music, of course.My evaluation is 4,5 stars. Very outstanding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By soulfly on March 13, 2007
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This CD is in heavy rotation in my player.Duke hits on so many different styles of blues and the disc really flows with great continuity.I love cranking it up while sitting on the back porch on a warm summer evening.The 17 minute "Blues-o-Rama" is one of my favorites.If you are a fan of the blues then give this album a try.
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