Bring 'Em In
Buddy Guy’s late-career work seems engineered to demonstrate the great guitarist’s facility with and command of a wide spectrum of blues-oriented material. Where he tackled the gritty rural sounds of Junior Kimbrough and T-Model Ford on Sweet Tea, on Bring ’Em In he delves into the catalogs of classic soul and R&B, revisiting the likes of Wilson Pickett and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. The tight arrangements allow for the most effective kind of short soloing, and Guy takes full advantage of them, unleashing one howling but utterly disciplined cry after another. Keith Richards’ work is the best of several guest shots by admiring rockers; he and Guy deliver a strolling “Price You Gotta Pay” that shows off their respective gifts for laidback grooves.