Terry Oubre

Future Blues

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This is a guitar-player's album. This debut album by Terry Oubre, formerly of Central Air, is all his. He wrote eight of the ten tunes, and played most of the instruments. It is a peek inside the head of this musician. I have to admit I am at a disadvantage when reviewing this album, because Terry shows great restraint in his playing here, and does not truly cut loose with some of the solos I have seen him do. Yet, I played this for some friends who have never seen him play, and their comment was, "This is great restraint? Can't wait to see him!" It must be said that he is and always has been a thinking guitar player who plays with emotion, a rare combination that makes for some stunning music. He is well-backed on the drums by Ralph Gilmore, who stays with the shifts and changes on all the cuts. Nick Augustine is on bass on three cuts, and Liz Fletcher plays bass on one cut and sings on two; otherwise it is all done by Mr. Oubre, who is in peak form here. The music all seems to spring from a blues base, but to call it blues would be a massive understatement, and misnomer. The title says it all, "Future Blues." This one is worth writing away for. (c/o Primo Records: PO Box 82145, Austin, TX 78708)