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  • Summary: The legendary three-time Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer returns with a solid soul and funk album, featuring guest appearances by Sharon Jones and Lou Reed.
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  1. 80
    Like Miles Davis or Jimi Hendrix, Jones' inner soul permeates through his instrument and his voice is unmistakable.
  2. Mojo
    May 18, 2011
    Booker responds with young and evergreen playing, a typically euphonious mixture of economy, precision, warmth, color and melody on tight groovin' instrumentals. [Jun 2011, p.101]
  3. May 20, 2011
    All told, The Road From Memphis is enough to make Jim Stewart, Estelle Axton, Duck Dunn, Rufus Thomas, Eddie Floyd, Johnnie Taylor, Isaac Hayes and any other member of the Stax family smile wherever they are.
  4. May 10, 2011
    Jones makes a quietly convincing case that when it comes to soul music, all roads do seem to lead to Memphis.
  5. May 10, 2011
    Most of The Road from Memphis sounds like the work of a band that's spent years together, rather than a leader and a backup band.
  6. May 6, 2011
    The Road From Memphis hasn't got any of the surprise factor of Potato Hole; in fact, it's more like reacquainting yourself with an old friend. But it's a work of such high quality it doesn't really matter it's nothing new.
  7. 60
    He's no fool: the result is an even more potent clutch of instrumentals, punctuated with the occasional vocal from Sharon Jones and some surprising male singers, including The National's Matt Berninger and Lou Reed.

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