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New album from Bud Wilkins has echoes of Jeff Beck and Al Di Meola
(Published: July 09, 2020)

This has certainly not been an easy time for artists, but we are so happy to report that things are always brewing for some musicians who have not given up. On the contrary, they are still out there, making people's lives better with music and creativity. This is definitely the case of guitarist Bud Wilkins, an artist who recently brought out a new release into the world.

His most recent full-length album is a marvel of soul, funk and progressive rock, going for an incredibly dynamic fusion feel. The new project is titled For a Good Time, and it feels like a perfect blend of some of the artist's main musical influences, but still keeping it quite direct and easy to relate to. Songs such as the opener, "Be Loose," shows how Wilkins managed to develop a distinctive, personal sound that's hard to tie into specific categories. "Moon Groove" is one of my favorite songs on the album. I truly enjoy the steady drums and the groove that's so in the pocket, perfectly complementing the surprisingly diverse melodic soundscapes.

The thrilling "Night Time Drive" has a different vibe, combining prog-funk with a fast-paced drum pattern and one of the most distinctive bass lines on the record. "Steppin'" has a very daring tone and it highlights the incredible versatility of these musicians, who can so seamlessly swing from experimental vibes to a fun and dance-friendly pattern.

The guitar playing in particular is truly astonishing, akin to innovative performers such as Jeff Beck, as well as Al Di Meola, only to mention a few. I am a big fan of artists that make it difficult to put a finger on them, and in this case, I appreciate the original vision that drive Wilkins' music.

I would warmly recommend listening to this release if you are a fan of artists like Vulfpek, Big Mean Sound Machine, The Meters, and even avant-garde guitarists like Julian Lage. This release stands out as a great introduction to Wilkins artistry, and it is definitely a premonition of great things to come.

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