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Björn Wennås: Static

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While guitarist Pat Metheny has moved on to forge his own distinctive style since playing with Boston legend Mick Goodrick in vibraphonist Gary Burton's mid-'70s group, Goodrick's harmonic sensibility has been one of the foundations on which Metheny has built his approach. This was apparent during Metheny's performance with Goodrick at this year's Montreal Jazz Festival.

Goodrick has never received the kind of credit that he's truly deserved, yet listening to Björn Wennås, a young Swedish guitarist who now calls Boston his home, it's clear that Goodrick's influence continues to be felt amongst a younger generation of players. Wennås has ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bjorn Wennas Quartet: Early Summer Sketch

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Swedish-born, Boston-based jazz guitarist Bjorn Wennas' debut CD, Early Summer Sketch starts out with a sizzle. “Off" is an up-tempo jaunt with a memorable melody, stinging guitar chops, and crisp sax/guitar unison. Wennas' solo has a tang to it as it dances with his band's bubbling rhythm. The brooding gem “Early Summer Sketch" slows things down and features some of the disc's best sax/guitar interplay.The CD is touted as “contemporary jazz with a rock and pop sensibility," and with “Mind Games", the sound goes perhaps too far in that “pop" direction with Carmen Marisco's wordless vocals that over-sweeten ...



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