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JC Stylles: Exhilaration And Other States (2011)

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JC Stylles: Exhilaration And Other States The debut album from New York guitarist JC Stylles, Exhilaration and Other States, swings through a varied selection of music running the gamut from Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
b.1933
saxophone
and Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday
1915 - 1959
vocalist
to Cole Porter
Cole Porter
Cole Porter
1891 - 1964
composer/conductor
and Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
b.1950
keyboard
. Reminiscent of early organ trios, the Australian-born Stylles features an impressive trifecta of his own with drummer Lawrence Leathers, and Hammond B-3 organist Pat Bianchi
Pat Bianchi
Pat Bianchi
b.1975
organ, Hammond B3
comping and performing the bass role duties when not playing off the guitarist with his own marvelous solos.Though this is a standard organ trio format, Stylles delivers the lead melodic lines, affirming that this is a guitar-led group.

The group is an outgrowth of the guitarist's four-year work with the Harlem Groove Band, led by soulful organist Seleno Clarke, from whom Stylles borrows the sprite "Tune For Roger." It was with this band that Stylles met Leathers and, after taking on a new gig at Perk's Jazz Club in Harlem, Bianchi joined the group for an eighteen-month residency where the trio developed a blend of music from R&B and pop to light jazz standards, setting up the repertoire on this recording.

A big Bobby Hutcherson
Bobby Hutcherson
Bobby Hutcherson
b.1941
vibraphone
fan, Stylles chooses the Eddie Marshall
Eddie Marshall
Eddie Marshall
b.1938
drums
tune "Knucklebean," from the vibraphonist's 1977 Blue Note album of the same name, to kick off the fireworks. Both Stylles and Bianchi strut their impressive musical prowess on this high-powered number. Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
b.1950
keyboard
's "I Can't Help It," made popular by the late Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
1958 - 2009
vocalist
, is another burner offering plenty of space for more expressive soloing. Other swinging pieces include a rapid rendition of Porter's classic "Love for Sale," Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
b.1933
saxophone
's "Pinocchio" and "Samba Steps," a number where Leathers is especially pronounced.

It is on the several ballads however, that the guitarist presents some of his more exhilarating work, sounding a bit like renowned guitarist George Benson
George Benson
George Benson
b.1943
guitar
, whose music and playing have left an indelible impression, clearly influencing Stylles' development. Billy Eckstine
Billy Eckstine
Billy Eckstine
1914 - 1993
vocalist
's "I Want To Talk About You" is the first of the ballads, followed by "Don't Explain" and "It Seems Like You're Ready," rounding out the soft touches of the set.

Stylles alters the landscape with a highly charged state of musical pleasure, presenting a range of styles that work well on Exhilaration And Other States,—a state worth exploring.


Track Listing: Knucklebean; I Can't Help It; I Want To Talk About You; Love For Sale; Don't Explain; Tune For Roger; Pinocchio; It Seems Like You're Ready; Samba Steps.

Personnel: JC Stylles: guitar; Pat Bianchi: organ; Lawrence Leathers: drums.

Record Label: Motema Music

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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