Sixties soul great Solomon Burke continues the comeback that began when "Don't Give Up on Me" won the 2002 Grammy Award for best contemporary blues album.

Sixties soul great Solomon Burke continues the comeback that began when "Don't Give Up on Me" won the 2002 Grammy Award for best contemporary blues album. Like its predecessor, "Make Do With What You Got" is a collection of songs gathered from well-known fans: Van Morrison and Bob Dylan once again, as well as Dr. John, Robbie Robertson and Jagger & Richards. At 69, Burke, who has been preaching since he was 7, knows how to put a song across, and producer Don Was knows how to frame it. The upfront, grits-and-gravy guitar work is by Ray Parker Jr. and Reggie Young. The billowing gospel keyboard sound doesn't strain for authenticity, since organ player Rudy Copeland appears in Burke's San Fernando Valley church on Sundays. The marriage of material and performance maintains high consistency and purpose. Whether Dylan's "What Good Am I?" or Hank Williams' "Wealth Won't Save Your Soul," the formula remains the same: inspirational songs delivered with deeply felt humility equal a classic soul album.—WR

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