Listening to the third solo release from guitarist, singer, and songwriter Doug Wamble, it is hard to believe that the Tennessee-bred musician was ever a jazz purist. The ten original songs on Doug Wamble, plus a closing cover version of Fiona Apple's I Know, blend a bounty of soul, gospel, blues, R&B, country, pop, and folk inspirations into a deeply personal and original sound. But the Doug Wamble of 15 years ago might not have approved these eclectic manifestations of the musical muse.
If my 22-year-old self heard this album, he'd have been horrified,says Wamble, now 37 and living in the Bronx. I was very dogmatic, he recalls. It had to be X, Y, and Z or it's not jazz. It's good to go through that. It really disciplined me and gave me so much drive, but it's not the way to live your whole life. I love a lot of music other than jazz. I'm a huge fan of Jeff Buckley, Elliott Smith, Wilco. I love what these great songwriters do. So this album is all about finding a way to present these songs I've been writing over the last couple of years.
Produced by Lee Townsend, whose credits include Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Kelly Joe Phelps, Carrie Rodriguez, and Loudon Wainwright III, among many others, Doug Wamble features guest artists such as seven-string guitarist Charlie Hunter, singer/violinist Carrie Rodriguez, and trumpeter Steven Bernstein, among others. The core band carries over from Wamble's first two albums, featuring a trio of musicians that Wamble met during his jazz studies at the University of North Florida: Roy Dunlap, piano, organ, and keyboards; Jeff Hanley, acoustic and electric bass, percussion; and Peter Miles, drums and percussion.