Al Basile’s sixth solo CD The Tinge shows off all his skills, adding a generous helping of his rich cornet sound to the mix of exceptional songwriting and soulful singing which marked his last two releases. It also reunites him with bandmates from the original Roomful of Blues, and with producer Duke Robillard taking his usual guitar chair, touches on Kansas City swing as well as Soul Jazz on its journey through the blues territories Basile’s explored throughout his thirty-five year career. A lifetime of musical influences from Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton to Stanley Turrentine and Memphis Soul - The Tinge puts it all together.


“Basile has finally defined his sound beyond the scope of genres.”

Richard Ludmerer, BLUESWAX


“...a reminder of how great the early version of Roomful of Blues was.”

George Graham, WVIA-FM


“Add one of the most genial, invigorating albums of the year to Al Basile's sterling resume.”

David McGee, Barnes &


“With strong, thoughtful lyrics, a crack band and a master’s touch on trumpet, Basile has crafted a terrific release.”

Mark Smith, Jazz & Blues Report


“The Tinge confirms that Robillard and Basile are improving with age.”

Hal Horowitz, Blues Revue


“It all serves as a lesson in American jazz, blues and soul.”

John Heidt, Vintage Guitar Magazine


"... his songs are imaginative and full of hooks and distinctive melody...Sweet as can be."

Tom Clarke, Hittin’ the Note

“...a sweaty roadhouse experience and more.  Hot stuff.”

Chris Spector, Midwest Record

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