A Review of Higher Ground by Louie Shelton
Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, the legendary guitarist Louie Shelton has released a musically invigorating album titled Higher Ground. Shelton is a prominent musician whose ‘signature guitar riffs and solos are featured on more hit records than any other session guitarist in history,’ as mentioned on his website.
Higher Ground is a spirited album of smooth jazz that consists of nine tracks. It’s a very festive offering by Shelton, which possesses some deep moods and sonic landscapes. The album covers some of Stevie Wonder’s greatest songs in a new and exhilarating way.
Higher Ground – The album begins with an epic undertaking of Stevie Wonder’s classic hit Higher Ground. Shelton’s inventive guitar riffs over a nocturnal groove. Shelton display’s a charismatic approach to the track that is refreshing, as he is able to creatively make this composition his own.
Too High – This animated upbeat performance by Shelton is heavenly. The track is woven into rhythmic layers that create a free-flowing composition that is memorable and rewarding.
Golden Lady – A well-versed dialogue of guitar play. The track has a lively instrumental conversation filled a moving bassline and stunning drumming in the background, all of which plays a supportive role in measure for Shelton’s brilliant electric guitar lead. You Ain’t Done Nothin’ Yet – A masterful cover of this legendary tune, Shelton’s enchanting riffs are complemented with a backing brass section that is totally electrifying.
That Girl – Shelton creates a musical oasis of sound that listeners can’t wait to experience. The track features a brilliant dialogue between the bass and Shelton’s guitar, which effectively paints a melodic narrative.
Master Blaster – A favorite composition for many, Shelton is able to craft a nostalgic gem from a lively arrangement of organ and trumpet flaring in the background.
Boogie On Reggae Woman – The track begins with an intriguing drum pattern that keeps you enthralled and in anticipation of how the melody will unfold. Shelton has composed a loosely-knit and crafty rendition of this classic, which features a soulful keyboard measure and other delights.
Overjoyed – Another popular tune, Shelton switches up the mood with performance on acoustic guitar.
I Wish – Shelton concludes this remarkable journey with another classic performance that turns out to be a rich culmination of organic sounds and live instrumentation that is gripping and equally entertaining.
Higher Ground by Louie Shelton is a not only a great tribute to Stevie Wonder’s work as a songwriter but also heralds the legendary work and involvement in music and the many valuable contributions he has provided throughout the years.