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Nobody's Home
Nobody's Home
By Duke Levine

Daring Records: 1992

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This review first appeared in the February 8, 1993 issue of the North County Blade-Citizen (now North County Times).

Duke Levine is a guitar wiz who cross pollinates influences on his new album to arrive at a sound mixing the fiery Southern blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert Collins, the smooth sophistication andd jazz sense of Joe Pass, and the surf rock of the Ventures.

Whether a song's main groove is blues, jazz, rock or country, Levine always puts his own groove on it. He never seems to change gears just to show off; instead, you get the feeling that he'd get claustrophobic playing only one kind of music.

This is an instrumental album, although the sound is so complete, Levine's playing so intriguing, you kind of never notice that there aren't any vocals.