The world-renowned guitarist Phil Upchurch plays 13 great songs on Tell the Truth. This CD is a gem. Playing blues, soul, R&B, and jazz, Upchurch shows his remarkable versatility on such great songs as "Jive Samba," "La Costa," the title track, and "St. Louis Blues." He performs a flamenco version of "La Costa" with beauty and style, and flaunts his "stride guitar" technique on a solo rendition of "St.
Louis Blues." His inimitably smooth and soulful phrasing shines on "Manhattan," and he doubles on harmonica on his original composition "She's Alright." However, the highlights of this great program are "Tell the Truth," a song Upchurch wrote with Ray Charles in mind, and his great arrangement of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five," which he plays much in the same way as he did on George Benson's smash hit "Breezin'." Joined by David Arnay on piano, Kevin Axt on bass, Vince Wilburn, Jr. on drums, and Mike Smith on percussion, this great CD comes 40 years after Upchurch's first recording as a leader, and it's priceless.
|Jive Samba / Nat Adderley / Nat Adderley, Jr.||Phil Upchurch||5:30|
|Jack of Speed / Walter Becker / Donald Fagen||Phil Upchurch||6:23|
|La Costa / Natalie Cole / Linda Williams||Phil Upchurch||7:51|
|Manhattan / Eric Johnson||Phil Upchurch||6:14|
|Take Five / Paul Desmond||Phil Upchurch||7:57|
|Home Again / David Arnay||Phil Upchurch||5:10|
|Long Gone Bird / Vasquez, Roland||Phil Upchurch||6:35|
|Tell the Truth / Phil Upchurch||Phil Upchurch||5:27|
|(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again / Zane Grey / Len Ron Hanks||Phil Upchurch||5:23|
|St. Louis Blues / W.C. Handy||Phil Upchurch||7:57|
|Girl Talk / Neal Hefti / Bobby Troup||Phil Upchurch||6:01|
|She's Alright / Phil Upchurch||Phil Upchurch||6:27|
|Misty / Johnny Burke / Erroll Garner||Phil Upchurch||2:17|