Imagine a jam session at Eric Clapton's house. He's not likely to trot out "Layla" for the 3,478th time. Instead, he and pals with names like Paul McCartney, Chaka Khan and Steve Winwood would probably deep dive into a tasty bag of cover tunes that inspires and delights them.
Such is the cozy feel one gets listening to "Old Sock," Slowhand's 21st studio album and his first on his own Bushbranch record label. Recording primarily with three other musicians, Clapton's guitar wizardry is understated but elegant here, especially on the lilting "Angel" and the muscular "Gotta Get Over," one of the intimate set's two originals.
This "Old Sock" wears well.
-- Melinda Newman