Myron Walden

Countryfied

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Myron Walden's fifth album in the last two years (!) may be called Countryfied, but that title is a bit misleading. It's actually much closer to Stax-style R&B, so think Memphis more than Nashville. Although the program is all originals, the tunes sound like instrumental versions of '70s soul tunes with lots of bluesy guitar and churchy organ alongside Walden's tenor. The title track kicks things off with a bang, with guitarist Oz Noy getting close to Albert Collins territory at times. But after that, except for the greasy "Double Dippin'" (nice wah-wah guitar) and the album closer, the program is pretty much all midtempo to slow ballads. They're nicely done and the playing is excellent, but a bit more variety energy-wise (or an all-ballads album) probably would have made for a more consistent listening experience.

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