CD Review: The Word "Soul Food"

Leaving the spotlight to pedal-steel star Robert Randolph and organ wiz John Medeski, North Mississippi Allstars vet Chris Chew offers wide tone and gigantic support on the Word’s second album since 2001.
By E.E. Bradman ,

Leaving the spotlight to pedal-steel star Robert Randolph and organ wiz John Medeski, North Mississippi Allstars vet Chris Chew offers wide tone and gigantic support on the Word’s second album since 2001. Chew is the glue on slower tunes such as “Soul Food I,” and his steady bounce on “Soul Food II” is the solid foundation every soloist craves. On the Clark Sisters’ gospel classic “You Brought the Sunshine,” he makes an exquisite partner for Medeski’s left hand. No solos, no fancy licks, no grandstanding—just the biggest pocket on either side of the Mississippi.