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Dave Stryker: Eight Track

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On Eight Track, New York-based guitarist Dave Stryker's quartet takes the listener back some forty years or so to a time when there actually were eight-track tape players, relics on which Stryker listened to jazz and popular tunes of the day, several of which are reanimated on this tasteful and smoothly swinging album. Some of these songs have shown remarkable staying power, and Stryker and his colleagues--organist Jared Gold, drummer McClenty Hunter, guest vibraphonist Stefon Harris--prove why that is so, enclosing each of them in a jazz-centered milieu that adds to their natural buoyancy and charm. In ...

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Dave Stryker: Eight Track

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A thoughtfully developed theme or concept for a recording is an underutilized dimension that can add creative depth to a project. Guitarist Dave Stryker nests several themes into Eight Track, his follow-up to his well-received Blue to the Bone IV (Steeplechase, 2012). Eight Track is the guitarist's tip-of- his-hat to the classic AM pop tunes of the 1970s, tunes often heard playing on a car eight-track stereo system. These are songs from the pre-Disco '70s, when a certain sophisticated innocence existed and was dispensed in discreet, three-minute packets of quantum sonic joy. While AOR-FM stations were spinning full LP sides ...

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Dave Stryker: Eight Track

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Ah, the eight-track. Is there any music format that's more dated? Vinyl is on its way back, albeit with a select crowd, and the CD is still holding on for dear life, but it's not likely that eight-track tapes will be making a big comeback any time soon. Those audio-delivering relics have been left behind, yet the memories surrounding their existence and the music they helped to usher in remains fixed in the mind for those who came of age in the '70s. Guitarist Dave Stryker is a proud part of that pack. Stryker has been known ...

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Dave Stryker Organ Quartet at Cecil's Jazz Club

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Dave Stryker Organ QuartetCecil's Jazz ClubWest Orange, NJDecember 4, 2010 Guitarist and bandleader Dave Stryker straddles the line between art and entertainment as well as anyone in jazz. For those who simply wanted to have a good time, the opening set on the second night of his two night stand at Cecil's Jazz Club featured accessible versions of material made famous by The Beatles, Earth Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson, and Billie Holiday. An abundance of blues jargon and frequent use of riffs behind the soloists, as well as Stryker's outgoing, sometimes self-deprecating stage ...

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Dave Stryker at The Turning Point Cafe

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Dave Stryker The Turning Point Cafe Piermont, NY October 24, 2009

“That's what we like about jazz. It's never the same way once," quipped Dave Stryker near the end of an exhilarating seventy-five minute set. Forsaking the familiarity of his working bands for a fling with the Turning Point Cafe's Jazz Series rhythm section and front line soloist, the unrehearsed performance placed a premium on spontaneity and risk taking. Aside from introducing three of his compositions to saxophonist John Richmond, bassist Bill Moring, and drummer Steve Johns, Stryker made changes at will, like ...

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Dave Stryker Quartet: Strike Up The Band

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Dave Stryker is a strong guitarist with an excellent back-catalog of credits to his name. While Strike Up The Band doesn't show off his full capabilities in their best light, it makes for a listenable jaunt, and a clear reminder that musicians on Stryker's level can seek out more demanding material. The album has a definite polish: Nils Winther's production is of a very high quality, and each of the four musicians plays with a distinctive and clear sound, too. So at root, the disappointment of the album is in its material. There are no bad songs ...

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Dave Stryker: The Chaser

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This chapter in guitarist Dave Stryker's musical book, which already includes some 25 titles as a leader or co-leader in settings ranging from trios and quartets to his Blue to the Bone band, Trio Mundo and the exciting Stryker/Slagle Band, is a neoclassic organ trio outing providing ample opportunity for his agile playing with its warm, resonant tone. He's accompanied by organist Jared Gold, whose sound exhibits the influences of Larry Young's harmonic chording and Jimmy Smith's virile attack, along with drummer Tony Reedus, whose percussive embellishments and integral, exhilarating work help to create this group's fat sound. ...

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Stryker/Slagle Band at Goat Cafe

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Stryker/Slagle Band The Goat Café South Orange, NJ June 23, 2006

Jazz guitarist Dave Stryker and alto saxophonist Steve Slagle have been playing together for 20 years. That's longer than most marriages, and possibly better than most because of the extraordinary telepathy that drives their collaborations.

On June 23 at The Goat Café in South Orange, NJ, an enthusiastic audience sprinkled with musicians and industry people was treated to a last-minute warmup for the Stryker/ Slagle Band's recording session a few days after this gig. Veteran drummer Billy Hart and bassist Jay ...

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Dave Stryker: Live at The Jazz Standard & Big City

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Dave Stryker/Steve Slagle Live at Jazz Standard Zoho 2005

On Live at The Jazz Standard, one can feel the intense chemistry that Dave Stryker and Steve Slagle, who have played together for several years, have in their first live recording, captured last March at the Manhattan club. The recording is as raw as it gets and showcases not only the two musicians' talent but also that of bassist Ed Howard and drummer Victor Lewis. Although the musicians demonstrate their love for bebop and boogaloo throughout most of the tracks, with Stryker and ...

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Dave Stryker: Big City

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While jazz's miniscule 3% of overall CD sales in North America argues that it's not only marginalized, but in serious trouble, the genre continues to see an upsurge in the number of gifted players who operate with loyal followings that may not make them wealthy, but certainly allow them to continue evolving. For every high-profile artist like Pat Metheny, there's a multitude of guitarists operating at or just below the radar. They may not be as eminently innovative, but in their own way they are not only keeping the tradition alive, but moving it forward in small increments.

Dave Stryker ...

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Dave Stryker: Rides Again & Shades Beyond

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Each built around a different celebrated drummer, these follow-ups from guitarist Dave Stryker maintain his partnership with saxophonist Steve Slagle and portray two sides of this many faceted player. Trio Mundo, created to underscore the potent percussive power of Manolo Badrena, definitely Rides Again while Shades Beyond continues Stryker's personal exploration of electric Miles Davis with the inclusion of Bitches Brew drummer Lenny White. Dave Stryker Shades Beyond Steeplechase 2004

In addition to Stryker's clear precise playing, Shades Beyond gets its feel from electric bassist Terry Burns and David Berkman on ...

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Dave Stryker: Striking an Authentic Chord

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With the release of Trio Mundo Rides Again , guitarist Dave Stryker's Latin jazz collaborative band with bassist Andy McKee, percussionist/vocalist Manolo Badrena and guest saxophonist Steve Slagle, now is as good a time as any to reassess Stryker's career which, while remaining all too far below the broader public radar, is well-known to musicians and critics through fourteen records for the Danish SteepleChase label over thirteen years, as well as notable sideman roles with Stanley Turrentine and Kevin Mahogany.

Stryker's broad discography presents the picture of a guitarist who possesses an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of various styles, from contemporary ...

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Stryker's Shades: Insights Into the Multifaceted Work of Guitarist Dave Stryker

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With a genuine feeling for the history of not only the jazz guitar, but of the blues and rock tradition too, guitarist Dave Stryker is a distinctive and resourceful musician who has made the most from such experiences as working with organist Jack McDuff and the late saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. Furthermore, over the course of the dozen albums he has lead for the Danish SteepleChase label he has worked in contexts from big bands to organ trios, not to mention the electric ensemble that distinguishes his latest and most accomplished work, Shades of Miles. In this brief chat, Stryker discusses ...

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Dave Stryker and Steve Slagle: The Stryker/Slagle Band

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The Stryker/Slagle Band documents a working group that finally made it into the studio to preserve its unique sound. Dave Stryker and Steve Slagle have been performing together in several contexts since 1986, including performing on each other's recordings. This is the first time the two musicians co-lead a date. Stryker, Slagle, and drummer Tim Horner provide seven original compositions for this recording. All of the pieces are wedged deep in the contemporary/post bop vein, full of craggy complex heads and well-conceived, penetrating solos.

Dave Stryker has been everywhere in the past couple of years, playing for what ...



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