Although often considered a blues revivalist, Keb Mo (a.k.a. L.A.-bred Kevin Moore) long has had wider interests, which fully emerge on The Reflection, his first release on his own label, Yolabelle. The title track is a sleek, easygoing slice of lightweight pop-soul, whose predictably tasteful mellowness generally prevails throughout collaborations with India.Arie and Vince Gill, and scattered contributions from jazz musicians Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, and Dave Koz. The outstanding track is the opening "The Whole Enchilada," a slyly funky nugget of classic soul that would well serve Al Green. Most regrettable is a flaccid cover of the Eagles' "One of These Nights" that practically succumbs mid-tune to an apparent lack of interest by all involved. Also on this bill is guitarist/singer/songwriter Anders Osborne, a native of Sweden whose two-plus-decade stay in New Orleans has infiltrated his music and his soul. His tunes have a distinct Crescent City slant, particularly with standout NOLA drummer Stanton Moore laying down the grooves on last year's American Patchwork (Alligator). But wider rock, blues, jazz, and R&B crop up, especially coloring his wicked slide guitar work (which particularly shines on the searing, off-kilter "Darkness at the Bottom"), while vocally (and sometimes lyrically) he suggests a grittier Jackson Browne. (Photo by Meghan Aileen Schirmer)
Mon., Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m., 2012
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