“A showcase for Jones’ ever-sinuous way around his Hammond B-3” The LA Times
“After all these years, he remains so soulful, and so good.” NPR
It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. On classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Tight,” and “Melting Pot” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream. Sound the Alarm, the new album from Booker T, will follow back-to-back GRAMMY wins for his previous two albums and finds the Hammond B3 organ master looking ahead yet again, laying down his distinctive bedrock grooves amid a succession of sparkling collaborations with some of contemporary R&B’s most gifted young voices.
‘Sound the Alarm’ is graced with soulful guest performances by R&B stars Anthony Hamilton and Estelle as well as showcasing a number of exciting singers who are just beginning to make their mark on contemporary R&B, including Mayer Hawthorne, Jay James and Luke James. Family plays a role in a couple of other tracks on Sound the Alarm, with Booker T sharing the vocals with Kori Withers, daughter of Bill Withers, whose first hits “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Grandma’s Hands” Booker produced.