Road Song

June 5, 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: June 5, 2009
  • Label: Resorevolution Inc.
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Resorevolution Inc.
  • Total Length: 51:06
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  • ASIN: B002CEBK2E
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,279 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eklektikos on August 13, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have tons of steel and resonator music and I love all of it, even my own amateurish attempts.

I love all types of music, jazz being my least favorite.

Oh my! What have I done?

I've gotten an album, touted as a jazz album, just because it was a jazz excursion by Rob Ickes.

I got it as a pre-release a couple of months ago, and I can't stop playing it, it is so good, I am going to wear it out.

Rob, demonstrates his usual superb musicianship skills, with intricate melodic phrasing, major tonality, rhythmic syncopation and a little bluesy. Great music arranging, if this is jazz, I am sold.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David M. Perkins on July 29, 2010
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I'd never heard of Rob Ickes until hearing a snippet of Road Song on the radio. (Yes, some people still listen to radio.) Ickes is the long time dobro player for Blue Highway, a contemporary bluegrass group who's work had also escaped my attention before now. Road Song is Ickes' fifth solo release on the ResoRevolution label and is strikingly unconventional, at least as far as I'm concerned.

When you think of instruments that might accompany a jazz piano, your mind doesn't necessarily jump straight to the dobro. But that is Road Song in a nutshell; jazz for dobro and piano. In truth, Michael Alvey's piano is the accompaniment here. While it is an almost equal collaboration, the dobro is the focus of this album. The only other addition to the mix is the voice of another artist I'd not heard of until now, RobinElla, who sings on three of the ten tunes included here. Her roots are also in country and bluegrass, but she brings a subtle Billie Hollidaylike touch to the ballads on this release. The other seven tunes are strictly dobro and piano, and they work beautifully together.

In fact, listening to this music strongly reminds me of the first collaboration between French jazz pianist Claude Bolling and classical flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal, who's album Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio broke new musical ground in 1976 and stayed on the top of the charts for two years. While Road Song is not quite that profound, it is still a fresh and innovative treatment of a handful of jazz classics, and even an old Hank Williams song, You Win Again, which includes RobinElla's vocal. The dobro, in place of guitar, on Wes Montgomery's classic West Coast Blues, is a little disorienting at first but quickly feels right, and swings just as hard. The same goes for Duke Ellington's Take The A Train.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David G. King on December 22, 2009
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Off beat recording...Rob Ickes, well-known dobro virtuouso, takes on jazz standards accompanied on piano by Michael Alvey. I think the back story of the record is that Alvey is a music teacher in a Nashville school; they met when Ickes came to do a "show and tell" for one of his children.

While the instrumentation is novel, the playing is very fine and the duo have a great interplay. Ickes skill with the dobro is legendary and he is in good form here. The real surprise is Alvey's piano work, which holds everything together.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spock on October 5, 2009
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I love this CD. The music is beautiful. A blend of rural country and sophisticated jazz.
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By J. Williams on August 22, 2013
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I really like Rob Ickes and his excursions outside country music. The dobro is a versatile instrument and he demonstrates this well. I listen to it often.
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