Those familiar with Vince Gill’s music know how broad his musical reach is – country, jazz and rock have all contributed to his eclectic sound. Still, even a committed fan might’ve been surprised by the creative ambition displayed on his 2006 release These Days. A four-disc helping of new recordings is a rarity, not to mention a risky career move. What serves to unite these lovingly-rendered tunes is the warmth of Gill’s high-tenor voice and the inspired craftsmanship of his writing. With albums devoted to uptempo rock, romantic balladry, honky-tonk country and acoustic bluegrass/folk, These Days covers a lot of ground, and Gill makes the journey flow whether he’s kicking up dust on rockers like “Sweet Thing,” delving into barroom pathos with “This New Heartache” or invoking Appalachian memories on “Cold Grey Light Of Dawn.” The ballads disc is especially strong, pairing Gill with such duet partners as Emmylou Harris (“Some Things Never Get Old”) and Diana Krall (“Faint Of Heart”). Making his creative risks pay off, Gill turns These Days into a celebration of American music itself.