Midnight In Harlem - Tedeschi Trucks Band
Revelator (2011)

Great music has great tone.  When B.B. King or Eric Clapton play, you can name that guitarist in one note.  This level of craft is the result of a long journey.  First you learn to play, next you learn to listen, and finally you learn to evoke emotions with your instrument.  Some who achieve it have their names written across the sky... others not.

Of all the instruments, the human voice has the greatest ability to touch a listener with its tone.  Late at night, I've sat in dark rooms listening to singers connect with my deepest emotions thru their mastery of tone.  I am in awe of this ability.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band is an ensemble with a mastery of tone.  Every note by every instrument is the result of years of hard work and experimentation.  Yet rather than become "a meal too rich to eat", this group has created a collection of restrained, perfectly balanced music.  You can listen to it over and over again.

Midnight in Harlem is my favorite song by this band.  The introduction transports you to another place and sets the scene for Susan Tedeschi's vocal.  I have been listening to her for years.  All the work developing her craft shines thru on this song.  Same goes for Derek Trucks guitar playing, it is southern rock at its finest.

For those unfamiliar with this band, you might say it sounds like Bonnie Raitt singing with The Allman Brothers Band.  However, that would be unfair.  The Tedeschi Trucks Band stand apart for the cohesiveness they has achieved.  This song is a great example.