The problem with so much of the present-day post bop mainstream is that its very qualities seem lessened by the amount of times it's caught on record, especially when the work of so many of its practitioners seem to amount to little more than the sum total of their influences.
This release is a different matter, however. It has about it the same indefinable qualities as some of the later dates that Jesse Davis made for Concord, and the band that guitarist Daisuke Abe has put together is not only exceptionally cohesive, but it also has something to say, both ...read more
The influence of several guitarists who emerged during the 1970s--including John McLaughlin, John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny, and Bill Frisell--is still being felt over thirty years later. But it should come as no surprise that some of the next generation--Kurt Rosenwinkel, for example--have been around long enough now to be influencing an even younger group of players, in a way that's as much about general musical approach as specific technique.
Whether or not young players should release recordings as leaders so early in their careers is a controversial question. The sad reality is that with the loss of a ...read more
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