The long established musical relationship between guitarists Dave Specter and Steve Freund goes back nearly 20 years, when Specter sought out Freund as a guitar teacher. They have shared many stages, but this marks the first occasion that they have recorded together. In the best of the Chicago blues tradition as illustrated by the legendary Delmark label, Is What It Is is a loose, swinging, tough blues date filled with great tunes, inspired playing and loose-groove vibes. While Specter has become well-known for his jazzy blues playing, his former teacher Freund has stayed close to the roots of the Chicago sound. That contrast works beautifully here on both covers and originals. Freund's tunes are some of the bets on the set as evidenced by the opener "My Little Playhouse." One of the reasons for this is his deep, clear soulful singing which adds punch and nuance to the dueling guitars Specter brings classy elegance to the set in his instrumentals.
Catherine (Julie Gayet) kann nicht glauben, dass ihr unbeliebter Kollege François (Daniel Auteuil) wirklich einen besten Freund hat, also frängt sie ihn auf ein gemeinsames Kennenlernen. Natürlich hat François niemanden, der ihn wirklich leiden kann, also macht er sich auf die Suche nach einem Ersatzfreund.