Go Back To Your Woods
via Madame Pickwick
Resurrection. Understanding the past as a key to unlock the future. The relationship of the individual to nature. All kinds of themes are present here in Chuck Leavell paying homage to the piano blues artists going back to the 1920′s through the the 1950′s. Its an homage, but also rendered as one as say a Glenn Gould recording of Bach. Leavell is that good. How a white middle class boy from the heart of Alabama could comprehend his musical environment and master the technical intricacies of his instrument is on the same level as say Vladimir Horowitz. At a certain sublime, even spiritual level there is little difference between the low arts and higher arts, something that would render a Theodor Adorno purple in the neck, but to play with the semantics of an idiom that Leavell does and emancipate it, transform it from beyond its standard dynamic of liberating/enslaving is a form of creative modern art, to which in the end he permits the listener to develop alternate interpretations. Brilliant.
Chuck Leavell is considered by many to be the greatest rock pianist alive. Gregg Allman once said, “I know some good piano players, man, but . . . Chuck smokes ’em.” He’s held the keyboard chair in the Rolling Stones for twenty-nine years and is such an integral part of the group that Keith Richards once said the Stones “wouldn’t be the Stones without Chuck.”