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Ronnie Baker Brooks - Times Have Changed

(180g Vinyl LP)

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Times Have Changed, Ronnie Baker Brooks' first album in ten years, carries with it the weight of grown perspective and time spent perfecting old material. Brooks worked with Steve Jordan, whose resume runs from Keith Richards to Stevie Wonder, John Mayer and Eric Clapton. With that comes a lesson in rhythm and blues history. Brooks refers to the director as "a walking encyclopedia of music detail and equipment," a professor through which Brooks could take that next developmental step. "Once we got the ball rolling, my confidence went higher and higher," he says. "I'm a better musician for this experience."

The experience Brooks is talking about is that which came together over the course of a few weeks at Royal Studios in Memphis, the home of Al Green, Syl Johnson and Bobby "Blue" Bland. Jordan and Brooks brought in a mint press of Memphis music royalty: Stax Records staple Steve Cropper (Booker T. & the M.G.'s, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave), Archie Turner (Al Green, Syl Johnson, O.V. Wright), jazz saxophonist Lannie McMillan, and R&B icon Angie Stone. For several tracks, Brooks also enlisted brothers Teenie (guitar), Charles (organ) and Leroy Hodges (bass) of the legendary Hi Rhythm Section, which served as the house band for hit soul albums by artists like Al Green and Ann Peebles.

"We used the same mics that Al Green used on his record," says Brooks. "Matter of fact, we were using much of the same band! It kind of took that vibe." The first track recorded was a cover of Curtis Mayfield's Superfly hit "Give Me Your Love." The second, "Twine Time," the instrumental jam from Alvin Cash. Times Have Changed also comes laden with original hits as five of the eleven tracks were penned by Brooks himself.

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