The Road From Memphis

Booker T. Jones led one of soul music's greatest bands, splashing Hammond organ over airtight grooves from the MGs. His recent solo work feels less focused. Here, backed by the Roots, he meanders through instrumental versions of R&B cuts like Gnarls Barkey's "Crazy." But he gets help from guests like Lou Reed and Jim James, who wails on "Progress." And in a rare move, Jones sings "Down in Memphis" in an endearing baritone that makes you wonder why he's stayed quiet all these years.

Listen to Booker T. Jones' "Everything is Everything":  
Related: The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time: Booker T. & the MGs

From The Archives Issue 1132: June 9, 2011