10 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Back In Style, Tad Robinson reaffirms his love for classic blues and R&B with a set of elegantly-rendered, tenderly delivered tunes. Robinson prefers slow-burning numbers to frantic rave-ups; his after-hours suavity lends tracks like “Get Back To Love,” “Full Attention Blues” and “I’m In Good” a seductive glow. On “Just Out of My Reach” and “Half Smile,” he stretches out amidst funky guitars and shimmering electric pianos, slipping into a zone somewhere between Memphis and Philly. More brisk in feel are “You Name It I’ve Had It” (a gospel-tinged number complete with churchly organ) and “Sunday Morning Woman” (a down-home tribute to a lady’s abiding love). Back In Style benefits from tight, classy songwriting, mostly contributed by Robinson and bassist Steve Gomes. The album’s production is likewise steeped in old-school values, mixing bar-band sweat with studio pizzazz. Back In Style is a roots album that offers more than just nostalgia – but then, for Robertson, soul has never been passé.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Back In Style, Tad Robinson reaffirms his love for classic blues and R&B with a set of elegantly-rendered, tenderly delivered tunes. Robinson prefers slow-burning numbers to frantic rave-ups; his after-hours suavity lends tracks like “Get Back To Love,” “Full Attention Blues” and “I’m In Good” a seductive glow. On “Just Out of My Reach” and “Half Smile,” he stretches out amidst funky guitars and shimmering electric pianos, slipping into a zone somewhere between Memphis and Philly. More brisk in feel are “You Name It I’ve Had It” (a gospel-tinged number complete with churchly organ) and “Sunday Morning Woman” (a down-home tribute to a lady’s abiding love). Back In Style benefits from tight, classy songwriting, mostly contributed by Robinson and bassist Steve Gomes. The album’s production is likewise steeped in old-school values, mixing bar-band sweat with studio pizzazz. Back In Style is a roots album that offers more than just nostalgia – but then, for Robertson, soul has never been passé.

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About Tad Robinson

Tad Robinson would have fit in snugly with the blue-eyed soul singers of the 1960s. His vocals virtually reeking of soul, he's capable of delving into a straight-ahead Little Walter shuffle or delivering a vintage O.V. Wright R&B ballad. Add his songwriting skills and exceptional harp technique and you have quite the total package.

Robinson grew up in New York City on a nutritious diet of Stax, Motown, and Top 40, digging everyone from Otis Redding and Arthur Alexander to Eric Burdon and Joe Cocker. He matriculated at Indiana University's school of music in 1980, fronting a solid little combo on the side called the Hesitation Blues Band that made it up to Chicago now and then (where he soon relocated).

Long respected locally, his reputation outside the city limits soared when he took over as vocalist with Dave Specter & the Bluebirds. Their 1994 Delmark disc, Blueplicity, was an inspiring marriage of Robinson's soaring vocals and Specter's tasty, jazz-laced guitar and featured the striking Robinson-penned originals "What's Your Angle," "Dose of Reality," and "On the Outside Looking In."

Delmark granted Tad Robinson his own album later that year. One to Infinity escorted him even further into soul territory (guests on the set included Mighty Flyers guitarist Alex Schultz, the mystical Robert Ward, and Specter). ~ Bill Dahl

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY
  • GENRE
    Blues
  • BORN
    June 24, 1956

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