Bill Wyman & the Rhythm Kings (Velvel)
Former Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman has maintained a fairly low profile since quitting the band in 1992. For help on his second Rhythm Kings CD, the ex-Stone again turns to his friends, and what a stellar lot they are: ex-Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, the band’s part-time piano man Nicky Hopkins, Procol Harum keyboardist Gary Brooker and former Squeeze vocalist Paul Carrack. Oh, yeah, and that’s Eric Clapton and Peter Frampton making guitar cameos. The Kings play an appealing form of R&B, supper-club swing and even the occasional jug-band ditty (Dan Hicks’s “Walking One & Only”). No Jagger, Wyman wisely leaves vocal duties to ’60s pop star Georgie Fame and to a wonderful blues belter, Britain’s Beverley Skeete.
Bottom Line: An old Stone rolls out a winner thanks to some sterling sidemen