Oteil Burbridge

Love of a Lifetime

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Though he is an extremely proficient player, what Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge has done with his solo instrumental release, Love of a Lifetime, is made the closest thing to Muzac this side of, well, Muzac. Frankly, this album reeks of the kind of soft jazz noodling one hears in a department store during after-Christmas sales. Granted it does explore a different side of Oteil than the one heard during the cosmic, marathon blues workouts of the Allmans, but by no means does that fact make Lifetime any more exciting to listen to. Oteil is a gifted player for certain, but he needs to take a cue from the people he dedicated these songs to (Larry Graham, the Meters, James Brown) and put some real zip and pop into it next time.

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