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Slide City
Rob Ickes
Slide City
Genres: Country, Jazz
 
Along with Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes is the hottest Dobro player in the biz. He has been the most striking component of Blue Highway's bluegrass success, and with his second solo album, Ickes pushes further into slippery zo...  more »

      
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All Artists: Rob Ickes
Title: Slide City
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rounder Records
Original Release Date: 1/26/1999
Re-Release Date: 2/2/2009
Genres: Country, Jazz
Style: Bluegrass
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 018964445225, 018964445225

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Along with Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes is the hottest Dobro player in the biz. He has been the most striking component of Blue Highway's bluegrass success, and with his second solo album, Ickes pushes further into slippery zones of jazz and fusion. The structure of the opening original, "Dwight's Blues," is wholly bebop, Ickes trading solos with pianist John Burr and bassist Derek Jones. When approaching his musical roots, he transforms Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home" into a minor-key bluegrass blues, with Tim O'Brien's intense vocal reach nearly outdistancing Ickes's playing. He's more than just skillful, and his tone is complex and full, lyrically haunting even on the speediest numbers. He plays his instrument with the control and nuances of the great jazz vocalists, and that makes Slide City worth exploring--whatever Ickes's bluegrass fans might think of the genre shifts. --Roy Kasten

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CD Reviews

I've fallen into the slippery zone and I can't get out!
Ted Hart | 03/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was channel surfing in the car the other day and heard Ickes playing a bluegrass version of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" on NPR. I nearly cried - it was Dang Good! This bluegrass/jazz/fusion thing rocks!"
Awesome!!
Ted Hart | 04/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"i had the opportunity to see Rob in Davis, CA recently where he performed many of the songs from this cd. It was well worth the 2 hour drive. Not only is Rob great, but the musicians who play with him are great also. A truly talented group of young men. The style of music is a change from the bluegrass that Rob is usually associated with, but no less enjoyable."
Incredible!
Ted Hart | Louisville, KY United States | 09/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After having owned this CD for nearly a year and listening to it several times a week, I like it more than ever. Rob Ickes is phenomenal on dobro. And his "slide" into jazz WORKS! This recording has me tappin' and snappin' and scattin' every time I hear it. Some of my favorite cuts are #1 through #10!! Awesome pickin'!"