Basile's fifth solo CD is a follow-up to 2005's Blue Ink, which was #18
on the Living Blues chart for March of 2005. Groovin' in the MoodRoom
features producer Duke Robillard on guitars and piano, and is another collection
of blues and roots originals from singer/writer Basile. For those who like to
get up and dance, this disc boasts deep grooves in 60s blues and roots styles
from Memphis to Texas. For those who listen to the words, as always, Basile's
voice changes character as his lyrics tell stories.
Basile has a genuinely raw and soulful singing voice...Basile’s voice
is personal and pleasurable, and his songs and style are a perfect match
for Robillard’s six-string prowess"
Brian D. Holland
Modern Guitars Magazine
December 07, 2006
"Highly personalized songwriting and upfront
Jim DeKoster Living Blues, Issue #185
"This relaxed, tremendously likeable
set of songs boasts a nearly perfect combination of tunes, players and
Basile and Robillard find a sweet spot and work a casual midtempo
style that's the very definition of soul-blues ... 'Groovin' in the Mood
Room' is the perfect title for an album where nothing is forced and the
groove and mood come naturally... Basile's lyrics are sharp, and he
never overthinks a song...Basile really shines on ballads...like great
old '60s Muscle Shoals sides rescued from the vaults."
Blues Revue Oct/ Nov Issue
"Al Basile has attained a perfection that
others hardly dare dream of...The formidable singer stands in the
foreground with the no less excellent songwriter...Every note is
considered but in no way contrived...The music flows with a rare
"Concerto" (Vienna, Austria)
deliciously masterful excursion through American roots idioms."
the credentials that make this music one of our national treasures."
Bentley Studio City Sun
of the most literate blues records ever released."
Eric Shoaf Vintage Guitar
Robillard, Basile stays true to the blues while finding novel approaches to keep
the music vibrant."
"Yet another winner
from Al Basile."
Rainsford Blues in Britain
the kind of music that you freak over when you get the chance to discover it for
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