It’s been more than forty years since the Orange-raised icon CLARENCE “ GATEMOUTH” BROWN ruled the roost at Don Robey’s Peacock Records, yet the eighty-year-old guitarist continues to crank out recordings. In fact, he’s signed a new label contract, and TIMELESS (Hightone) finds his fluid string-bending undiminished. What keeps him going? Brown’s musical wanderlust is insatiable; he’s never met a genre he didn’t like or couldn’t claim for his own. Here blues, country and western, and jazz from the likes of Joe Zawinul, Fletcher Henderson, and Duke Ellington all get the Gatemouth stamp. So his voice is showing cracks and his violin occasionally makes you wince. This one-of-a-kind wizard continues to dazzle.