Derek Trucks recorded this album with his band in two sessions (one in 1999, the other in 2000).

Derek Trucks recorded this album with his band in two sessions (one in 1999, the other in 2000). It is a more laid-back project than "Joyful Noise," the band's 2002 debut for Columbia. There is only one vocal track here: the beautiful, bluesy "Drown in My Own Tears" featuring Gregg Allman. The other tunes are instrumentals, and all evince Trucks' continuing gravitation toward jazz in particular and eclecticism in general. Kofi Burbridge's contribution on flute is key on "Afro Blue," a cover choice that says a lot about where this band is headed musically. Trucks' guitar work here, slide or otherwise, is adventuresome and powerful. He may be associated with the Allman Brothers Band, but when Trucks works with his group, Pat Metheny may be a more relevant reference.—PVV