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On Spread the Love, Ronnie Earl pays homage to those who have stood by him through good times and bad. These instrumental numbers allow him to move freely between blues, jazz and R&B idioms with sympathetic support from his longtime backup group the Broadcasters. Earl’s playing is lean and lyrical, implying more with a single note than many guitarists manage to do with three. His ruminative take on Kenny Burrell’s “Chitlins Con Carne” and his swooning touch on his own “Skyman” are especially moving. The Deep South murmurings of “Blues for Dr. Donna” are nicely contrasted with the dramatic flourishes of “Miracle.” Earl gives keyboardist Dave Limina room to shine in “Spann’s Groove” (a sweltering Chicago blues tune) and “Happy” (a summery number with a Booker T. & The MG’s feel). If there’s a spiritual heart to this album, it lies in “Cristo Redentor,” a Duke Pearson composition rendered with palpable longing. Spread the Love stands as both a tribute to Earl’s friends and heroes and a reaffirmation of his virtuosic talent.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful instrumentals from a master

Blues is a simple music with respect to form, and that results in a lot of "wannabe" players in thousands of bars all over. That can make it seem boring, but then you hear a master and recall what a beautiful and powerful thing it can be.

Ronnie Earl has always delivered on this promise, and is that most rare of creatures - a blues instrumentalist with style, taste and longevity. Ordinarily, I wouldn't want to hear one guitar solo after another (though I am a guitarist myself) but Mr. Earl keeps in interesting all the time.

"Spread the Love" continues in this vein and shows Ronnie as a mature artist in full bloom. Recommended.



Put on Some Cans and Relax

Sometimes I just want instrumentals. Music can be such pure bliss when played like these recordings. Can a song give the soul nourishment? You tell me.


Born: March 10, 1953 in Queens, New York, NY

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the finest blues guitarists to emerge during the '80s, Ronnie Earl often straddled the line between blues and jazz, throwing in touches of soul and rock as well. His versatility made him one of the few blues guitarists capable of leading an almost entirely instrumental outfit, and his backing band the Broadcasters became one of the more respected working units in contemporary blues over the course of the '90s, following Earl's departure from Roomful of Blues. Ronnie Earl was born Ronald Horvath...
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