Phil Drew, The Record, Albany, New York

Alongside faithful recreations of classics such as “Pipeline” and “Apache” and his own originals (“Surfing the Synchrotron”, the title a nod to Scarlett’s day job as a scientist) that echo them, the Welcome to the Instrumental Asylum CD hints at Rogers’ broader influences. There is a bluesy rethink of “St James Infirmary”; a “House of the Rising Sun” that might have been played by Carlos Santana; a Rogers original, “KangaRoux” that seems to channel Jeff Beck; a cover of Django Reinhardt’s “Nuages” that dusts off the swing jazz classic with serious rock attitude.

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