Wait for Me
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This 11-track collection is the follow-up to Tedeschis critically acclaimed, gold-certified 1998 release Just Wont Burn, an album that earned her a "Best New Artist" Grammy nomination in 2000. Wait For Me features several new originals written and produced by Tedeschi, as well as inspired readings of songs by Bob Dylan ("Dont Think Twice") and Paul Pena ("Gonna Move") among others. Veteran producer/engineer Tom Dowd (Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, John Coltrane) helmed some of the Wait For me sessions, and contributors on the album include Tedeschis husband and young guitar hero Derek Trucks; southern music stalwart Col. Bruce Hampton; and legendary pianist, Chuck Berry collaborator, and rock & roll architect Johnnie Johnson.
This Boston-bred blueswoman's follow-up to Just Won't Burn, which earned her a Best New Artist Grammy nomination in 2000, trades its predecessor's bar-band bluster for a sensual, soulful approach. By slowing the tempos, Tedeschi is able to make the most of the warm, middle range of her voice, pouring honey all over sweet ballads and making the Memphis funker "Alone" jump like a lost Hi Records nugget. Although her guitar-star husband, Derek Trucks, adds fire to two numbers, including Paul Pena's classic "Gonna Move," Tedeschi herself dishes out some fat-toned, terse solos that sting with the style of the late Johnny "Guitar" Watson.
Also here is a haunting take on Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice," which fits perfectly with Tedeschi's own songs about mature romance. And she teams with Handy Award-winning country-blues duo Paul Rishell and Annie Raines for the spare and touching acoustic tune "Blues on a Holiday." Wait for Me may not win Tedeschi the attention her last album drew, but it's far better, and it marks her arrival as a full-grown artist. --Ted Drozdowski
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So what if this album is not totally "burning" from get to go. It's a free country! ST is an evolving artist, and where she goes from here "I don't know". Take it for what it is and enjoy this terrific album. I'll see her at Irving Plaza tomorrow and expect more variation in pace and style to be a plus, and bet that the floor is rocking at the end with real listeners.