Three Way Calling CD (2004)
Jiddische Songs Described on the liner notes as "swamp gospel," the former lead vocalist for the Gospel Hummingbirds' first solo album is a rousing success. With 30 years of experience, Roy Tyler's vocal chops are in fine form, but his band's name points to the changes on this release. His new direction adds a tough, wiry R&B approach to spiritual music. Duets with Raphael Saadiq and the Blind Boys of Alabama's Clarence Fountain represent both extremes, as Tyler walks the tightrope between spirituality and commercial concerns. Both the Blind Boys and Robert Randolph have successfully made a similar jump, and with Robert Cray keyboardist Jim Pugh's sympathetic production, Tyler nails the groove. Except for a few traditionals, some Saadiq tunes, and a rearranged cover of Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down," the album's most obvious stab at the mainstream, the majority of the songs are originals. The title track is a snappy combination of upbeat ...