Buddy Guy, "Living Proof"

74 Billboard Rating

Buddy Guy proudly announces himself as "74 Years Young" at the outset of his latest album, "Living Proof." But the guitar legend still plays with the energy of a teenager-albeit a highly talented one-just starting out. And when he gets his dander up on such tracks as "Too Soon" and "Let the Door Knob Hit Ya," Guy can still diss like a street gangsta. He plays and sings with biting ferocity on "Thank Me Someday," "Key Don't Fit," "Guess What" and the album-closing instrumental "Skanky," fronting a band that includes former Double Trouble keyboardist Reese Wynans and David Grissom on second guitar. The track "On the Road," with the Memphis Horns, and "Everybody's Got to Go" explore more soulful flavors. And Guy's collaboration with Carlos Santana, "Where the Blues Begins," is dark, snaky and unlike any of the album's other 11 tracks. "Stay Around a Little Longer," meanwhile, pairs Guy and fellow stalwart B.B. King in the studio for the first time, resulting in a friendly if somewhat understated celebration of their durability

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