New Role Soul

New Role Soul

by Robert WardRobert Ward


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Less of a horn-drenched affair than his Black Top albums, New Role Soul presents Robert Ward in a smaller, looser setting that definitely works to his advantage. Instead of taking the usual let's-cut-come-oldies approach, the producers let Ward create on the fly, and the results easily rank up there with his 1990 comeback album Fear No Evil. For most of New Role Soul Ward is backed by just a three-piece rhythm section of bass, drums, and organ, leaving plenty of room for his testifying vocals and Magnatone-enhanced guitar. The two instrumentals here, "The Chicken Jerk" and "Chitlins Con Carne," are classy arrangements full of funky, fingerpicked guitar solos -- like Albert Collins, Ward knew how to milk a guitar-organ combo to the last drop. Even more impressive is Ward's rhythm guitar playing, a virtual bottomless pit of cool grooves and subtle fills. (Power chords will never be the same after "Peace of Mind.") In the decade since Fear No Evil, Ward's vocals have lost some power, but that doesn't stop him from diving into tortured-soul territory, as he does on "Whatever I Receive" and "I'm So Proud to Have You for My Love." This is probably the most well-rounded album Ward has recorded.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2000
Label: Delmark
UPC: 0038153074128
catalogNumber: 741
Rank: 136361

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Ward   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Wayne Stewart   Drums
Kay Reed   Vocals
Kenny Anderson   Trumpet
Theresa Davis   Background Vocals
Willie Henderson   Baritone Saxophone
Hank Ford   Tenor Saxophone
Roberta Ward   Vocals
Roberta Thomas   Tambourine,Vocals
Sonny Seals   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Wagner   Recorder

Technical Credits

Willie Henderson   Horn Arrangements
Robert G. Koester   Producer
Pete Nathan   Producer
Brett J. Bonner   Liner Notes
Roberta Thomas   Vocal Arrangements
Steve Wagner   Producer,Engineer
Bernard Seigal   Composer

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