Personnel: Robbie Dupree (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Julie Last (vocals, background vocals); Larry Hoppen (guitar, trumpet, background vocals); David Sancious (keyboards); Peter Bunetta (drums); Leslie Collman-Smith (congas, percussion, background vocals); Ralph MacDonald (congas); Julian Bunetta (background vocals).
Recording information: Coldbrook Productions, Woodstock, NY; The Clubhouse, Rhinebeck, NY; The Orphanage, Malibu, CA.
Appearing in Europe and Japan in 2008 and finally seeing American release in 2010, Time & Tide is a coolly relaxed, mature effort from Robbie Dupree. Continuing his collaboration with songwriter David Sancious -- they cut an album together in 2003 -- Dupree eases into a smooth groove that's considerably jazzier than anything from his early-`80s heyday. There are echoes of Gaucho-era Steely Dan, particularly given the emphasis on keyboard-driven groove, and Michael McDonald, but this feels distinctively Dupree's, thanks to the soulful grooves, harmonica flourishes, and focus on his warm conversation vocals. Time & Tide is somewhat out of time -- it's unconcerned with fashion, it could have been released anywhere from 1988 to 2008 -- but it's a coolly engaging, smooth jazz-soul record that arguably holds together better than his hit albums from the early `80s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Down Beat (p.81) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "TIME AND TIDE melds relaxation and stimulation in melodic tunes with intelligent words he concocted with former E Street Band keyboard player David Sancious."