Jeff Beck / Live at the Hollywood Bowl
In a hyphenated word: jaw- dropping! Anchoring Jeff Beck's 50th Anniversary bash, Rhonda Smith is up-in-the-mix on this live set which traverses the guitar icon's entire jaw-dropping career beginning with the Yardbirds and including Loud Hailer (2016). Plying walking lines, glissandos, double-stops, pocket grooves, and riveting counter melodies, Smith compliments Beck at every turn, never overplaying nor rendering a note not needed. The guests, namely Billy Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Hall, Jan Hammer, Beth Hart, and Steven Tyler all behave themselves - and serve the song and the host with due reverence. To my ears, this slab represents some of Rhonda's and Jeff's best recorded work.