Vu Jah De' Review

Fans of Allman Brothers Band instrumentals are guaranteed to love this tastefully executed instrumental electric guitar album with plenty of slide. But besides the southern-rock vibe, Pennsylvania-based Roth impressively channels jazz masters such as Larry Carlton and Lee Ritenour and, to a lesser extent but just as effectively, funk greats like Steve Cropper and Leo Nocentelli.

Southern rock is foremost among Roth's influences, as evidenced on kick-off track "Lakota" a blues-jazz number featuring interplay between guitar and keyboards along the lines of Dickey Betts and Chuck Leavell circa "Brothers and Sisters" On the jazzier side, the title track fuses smooth-jazz sounds with reggae for an effect akin to Steely Dan's "Haitian Divorce". "Funki Taki" is all the name implies, with more Leavell-sounding piano and some nice Takamine EF261s acoustic/electric fretwork (Roth uses a 1956 Les Paul on the rest of the CD), recalling both Sea Level and SD.

The rocking "Machu Picchu" and bluesy "Slow Burn" contain that Hammond B-3 sound Gregg Allman is so famous for. On the former, it's paired note for note with guitar, like on the classic ABB instrumental "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" but with a rolling bass line added. "North Delta Heat" also is a highlight, with nods to multiple ABB songs including "Revival", "Dreams" and "Jessica".

For his sophomore effort, Roth again produces, engineers and mixes and plays all the instruments, with the exception of drums on the title track and "North Delta Heat", which are provided by his brother Barry.

The CD cover of the new Johnny Roth CD Vu Jah De' is some pretty hairy stuff, but the the music inside is easy as pie to dig into. Roth made instrumental rock guitar enthusiasts happy with his 2003 album, Still Not Talkin' and five years later, Vu Jah De' carries his guitar sound forward. Roth cites Carlton and Ritenour as big guitar influences yet one can also detect shades of Cropper and Betts amid the all instrumental fare on Vu Jah De'. Once again producing, engineering, mixing and playing all the instruments, Roth does receive a bit of help on the title track and "North Delta Heat" from his brother, drummer Barry Roth. Even with his scaled down budget, Roth proves masterful with plenty of chompin' at the bit guitar instros on the boards.

Still Not Talkin' Review

Pennsylvania guitarist Johnny Roth serves up seven tracks of instrumental blues with a rock edge on his debut CD, a definite keeper. Roth's influences are no secret here: his tone and phrasing often echo Robben Ford, particularly on the title track (a reference to his shy nature). A good dose of well-executed slide weaves through the tunes, often serving as a nod to Duane Allman. Demoman is proof positive that even though he adds an edge and brings his own voice to the blues, Roth has put in his time studying the masters of the genre. Plop Freddie King into the here and now, and this is a song he might pen.The songs here - at times spiced with a little jazz and funk - are catchy and memorable, and the playing ranks right up there with any number of today's better-known guitar heroes. Guitar aficionados will love Roth's bold tone and clean playing, but they may also find fault with the disc: it's too short.

Sounding like a young Duane Allman, guitarist Johnny Roth cooks up a powerful mix of instrumental blues-rock and rootsy jazz on his self-produced 2003 seven track CD. Making good use of his '56 Les Paul, his Baker B1C and Takamine acoustic guitars, Roth rips through some impressive fretboard techniques on Still Not Talkin'. In addition to playing the electric and acoustic guitars, Roth also skillfully performs the backing tracks. Clearly, Roth has the chops and songwriting gifts to become a rising force in his own right.

Johnny Roth is one of the only ones I found that fused Fusion and Blues together. His album Still Not Talkin' is one of the things IMO that are in a direction that is uniq, if anybody happens to listen to it he will understand what I'm talking about. This music is getting better as you are listening to it, I keep coming back every time and it's fresh and very beautiful music. This music is advanced. I felt I must write about it so others can dig it too. I'm looking forward for more music that Johnny Roth will do.

People say Johnny Roth is a Duane Allman reincarnation. But this Pennsylvania guitar player is much more than a clone of the legendary Duane. Roth is a fine musician who deeply controls his Les Paul sound with an enviable technique. The riffs he pulls out are really cool, bright but at the same time juicy and leaping because Johnny always emphasizes tone and phrasing. "Still Not Talkin" combines skill and originality of blues by "design" called "fusion blues" along the lines of Robben Ford with some drops of funk and groove together with melodic lines that could be described as "rootsy - flavored - jazz". An instrumental album with a great deal of quality and experienced work, but short in length. GREAT.


Dicen de Johnny Roth que es la reencarnación de Duane Allman. Sin embargo este guitarrista de Pensylvania es mucho más que un clon del legendario Duane. Roth es un fino estilista que controla y domina el sonido de su Les Paul con una técnica más que envidiable. Los riffs que emanan de su instrumento son claros, cristalinos y al mismo tiempo jugosos y saltarines, pues Johnny pone mucho énfasis en el tono y en el fraseo. ‘Still Not Talkin' es un disco en el que se conjugan con habilidad y originalidad el blues de 'diseño' también llamado 'fusion-blues' en la linea de Robben Ford con un poquito de funk, groove, y algunas líneas melódicas, sobre todo en la onda de lo que podríamos calificar como 'roosty-flavour-jazz'. Un álbum instrumental, lleno de calidad y buen oficio, aunque algo corto en duración. MUY BUENO. La Hora del Blues

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