Artist: Andres Roots Roundabout
Title Of Album: Three!
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Roots Art Records
Genre: Instrumental Blues, Blues Rock
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 35:25
Total Size: 83 Mb
01. Greengrass Stomp (2:44)
02. Room Service (3:26)
03. Link To Elmore (4:21)
04. High Noon (1:54)
05. Orient Express (3:20)
06. Moby Duck (3:23)
07. Saucer Full Of Cream (2:59)
08. Three Sticks (2:55)
09. Wagon Swing (1:57)
10. Miss Carmen James (3:22)
11. Onion Boy (4:59)
In 2010, Andres Roots branched out on his own releasing his solo debut album "Roundabout" in November of that year. Roundabout, the band, was actually born on stage the night the album was released and at that time consisted of Andres Roots, Martin Eessalu (Guitar), and Indrek Tiisel (Harmonica), "and continued as a loose association of musicians, with live appearances featuring two to five players". The band, which now consists of Andres Roots (Guitar), Martin Eessalu (Guitar), and Raul Terep (Drums), released their first trio EP "Electric Dixieland" in May 2012, to huge critical acclaim. Their sound was said to be a melding of "traditional blues with dashes of Hawaiian, Western Swing and, of course, Dixie". "Three" marks the first full length release for Andres Root Roundabout, an amazing all instrumental album, that totally reflects their all instrumental live shows that they mainly do as the trio.
"Three" consists of 11 Tracks and as mentioned, they are all instrumentals and all written by Andres Roots. All four Tracks from each of their EP releases "Rock House" and "Electric Dixieland", made it onto this album, which was an absolute treat for me because I had not previously heard those EP's.
One thing that has always amazed me with the bands Andres Roots has been involved with, is how many amazing sounds those bands were able to get from so few instruments, with "Three" absolutely being no exception, with only 2 Guitars and a set of Drums. This groups immense creativity allows for the success of their music to constantly shine threw, with a great example being Track 8 "Three Sticks", in which Andres Roots plays his Rhythm Guitar "with a "third" drum stick, diddley bow style". It is that kind of creativity and sound that made all of the bands Andres Roots was involved with, absolutely and totally unique.
With the release of "Three", Andres Roots with his band Andres Root Roundabout, have not failed to, once again, totally impress me with their music. Whether it be the R.L. Burnside infused opening Track "Greengrass Stomp", the Drum/Slide Guitar infused thriller Track 5 "Orient Express", or the Blues/Hawaiian/Swing Guitar feel of Track 9 "Wagon Swing", or all the others in between and after, "Three" will leave you with the feeling that you truly have just listened to something that was quite fresh and unique, with elements of the old Blues mixed in.
"Three" had no problem becoming, as with all the music that has come my way via Andres Roots, another instant favorite.
5***** for "Three", the best Blues and Beyond instrumental album I have heard all year. "Three" takes what you thought about the Blues to a whole new level. ~Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)