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|Derek Band Trucks|
Derek Trucks Band
Genres: Blues, Rock
Derek Trucks is the nephew of Butch Trucks, the founding drummer of the Allman Brothers Band, and the younger man has been imitating Duane Allman's slide guitar ever since he started gigging as an 11-year-old. Now at age 1... more »
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Derek Trucks is the nephew of Butch Trucks, the founding drummer of the Allman Brothers Band, and the younger man has been imitating Duane Allman's slide guitar ever since he started gigging as an 11-year-old. Now at age 18, he leads his own jazz-rock quartet through its debut album, The Derek Trucks Band. Jazz producer John Snyder convinced the teenage guitarist to include compositions by John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Wayne Shorter alongside the seven originals on this mostly instrumental project. Trucks's band is able to set its amplified instruments to a crisp swing, and the leader proves himself fast and agile on the guitar, but neither he nor keyboardist Bill McKay are able to come up with solos as melodically captivating as those of the Allman Brothers Band or as harmonically startling as those of the Coltrane and Davis groups. But, at 18, Trucks still has plenty of time to evolve. --Geoffrey Himes
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(4 out of 5 stars)
"So what if you are related to one of the Allman Brothers ? If you have read the book "Midnight Riders" by Scott Freeman about the Allman Brothers, you'll find how many siblings they all have begetted. Plus also the number of players who had joined and became associated with the Allmans. Offhand I can think of Warren Haynes, Dangerous Dan, members of Gregg Allman's band, members of Dickie Betts Band, Sea Level, Gregg Allman's sons and even Rees Wynan. But Derek Trucks is truely a direct decendant. He has Duane Allman's fat humbucker sliding tone and attack but laced in Dickie Bett's jazz leanings. He has infact taken song moulds like "In memory of Elizabeth Reed", "Hot 'Lanta", "Stormy Monday" and "Whipping Post" further into a jazzier environment. What you have here is not a Southern Rock band of the '70's in the vein of '38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd or even the Charlie Daniels Band. The Derek Trucks Band is unique in the sense they are more of a jazz outfit but playing with the feel and energy of the Southern Rebel tradition. The album can do with a few more vocal tracks as the instrumentals ultimately wears thin as Derek is the only soloist able to capture the listener. Perhaps their new album will offer more variety. Buy this album and begin collecting thier works as I can see better and greater things to come from Derek and the boys."
The Best Slide Guitarist.
erin | Georgia | 04/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This cd is the best cd I own. When I listen to it, its like I feel the way he does. Some of the songs are just so powerful and have so much feeling, he's amazing. After meeting Derek I have such a great appreciation for him and his music. If you don't have this cd or Out of the Madness you really are missing out!"
Give him 10 years and he will be the best there is
J. F. Cantrell | Winter Springs, FL USA | 07/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been following this guy since he was 12, doing almost perfect Duane in little bars in Florida. This album was made when he was 18! Imagine a Southern slide guitar player tackling Coltrane at 18! The guy's heart is in the right place and his playing... well, not only does he have chops, he has a style all his own.The band is hot, the guitar player even hotter. If he can keep it together and not attempt to assimilate everything, keep his own style, he will be awesome. Hell, he already is.All the above not withstanding, here is very modest and restrained playing for a kid prodigy.Imagine Coltrane/Allman Bros. This is an excellent CD."