Album Review: "Fresh Bear Tracks" by T Bear (8/10)

Quarto Valley Records

Producer: Tony Braunagel

This is a comeback album in the purest sense of the word. After a self-imposed hiatus of nearly 30 years, multi-faceted singer-songwriter-keyboardist (Richard) T Bear returns with a collection of timeless, soulful tracks. He’s one of those guys who has written for stars like Cher, CSN and The Blues Brothers. But his big booming voice and ample pianist skills deserve to be center stage. Some of the best in the biz, like Stephen Stills, Edgar Winter, Walter Trout and other top-shelf musicians, join Bear on stellar jazz-oriented pieces such as “Cab Calloway,” gospel-rooted “River of Resurrection” and a great re-working of The Zombies’ “She’s Not There.”