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Heirs apparent of the Southern jam crown step up

Tedeschi Trucks

Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi of the Tedeschi Trucks Band perform at Ravinia in Highland Park, Ill., in June. The guitarists got married in 2001. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)

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With the Allman Brothers retired, the jam scene’s southern division needs a new top dog, and the TTB sound like it here. They’re no Xerox: Guitar hero Derek Trucks has a bit more freedom than the Allmans provided – see the dreamy raga-style acoustic coda (“Swamp Raga for Holzapfel, Lefebvre, Flute and Harmonium”) appended to “Cryin’ Over You,” the set’s high point, an eight-minute orchestral soul smoker. The horns, like the grooves, also set the band apart, splitting the difference between Stax-Volt funk muscle and jazzy New Orleans elegance. Susan Tedeschi has chops, charm, and a workmanlike style that could at times use some pizzazz. But sharing duties with polyvalent vocalist Mike Mattison (check the boozy strut “Right On Time”) and the other soloists, she steers a band greater than its parts, and still growing better.

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