While we await Tal Wilkenfeld’s singer/songwriter second album, there’s no doubt she has immersed herself in the craft, appearing on upcoming recordings with Jackson Browne, Brian Wilson, and Joe Walsh, and here providing the bottom for Ryan Adams’ impressive first effort in three years. Paired with Tom Petty organ savant Benmont Tench and British drum ace Jeremy Stacey, Tal straps on a Gibson Ripper to ladle thick support for the strutting rocker’s bluesy, raw, sonically and emotionally stripped-down songs. The first single, the Petty-ish “Gimme Something Good,” as well as “Trouble” and “I Just Might,” define Wilkenfeld’s approach—full of grit, space, and attitude. On “I Am Safe,” she takes advantage of the jazzier acoustic guitar harmony to punctuate her broken-eighths pulse with subtle, liquid fills. Elsewhere, “Stay With Me” sports her bonafide sub-hook, and the rock bossa “Tired of Giving Up” rides the disc’s fattest bass-and-drum groove. Ironically, it’s “Shadows” that provides Tal’s step-out moment, as she tunes into the album’s most ambient sonics to sing on bass with McCartney-esque melodic flair and provide intuitive support for Adams’ guitar solo.
CD Review: Adam Nitti "Not of This World"
The Nashville-based Adam Nitti, one of the first bassists to embrace the web, remains ahead of the curve on his fifth solo outing, reviving contempo fusion with strong writing, pocket-first grooves (with the help of stickmen Keith Carlock, Sonny Emory, Kirk Covington, and Derico Watson), and stratospheric solos on his new Ibanez signature 6-string.