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Dave's Eight Track Mind

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Dave Stryker Crystal Run and Luna Stage Middletown, NY and West Orange, NJ November 2, 2014 It was a tale of two cities. Or two bands, to be more specific. Or two variations on a theme, to come that much closer to describing what went down on this first Sunday in November in the towns of Middletown, New York, and West Orange, New Jersey. It was a tale of one band following the other, the first being the unrecorded yet longstanding group known as the Softwinds. Nominally a quartet with Ron Crosta on ...

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The Dave Stryker Trio Swings A Log Church

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Once through pastoral Medford Village in Burlington County, NJ, you arrive at Medford Lakes, a community of period log cabins under towering pine trees just off Stokes, the main road. In this onetime lakeside resort, hand-hewn from local wood, beckons a big cabin called Cathedral of the Woods. Russell Quigliata, who managed Cecil Payne until the renowned baritone saxophonist died in 2007, runs a monthly jazz series in the cabin cathedral. Somehow, he lures first-rate talent here. For only $20- -$15 for seniors and students--you can hear a wicked band like the Dave Stryker Trio. Guitarist Stryker's quartet, with Stefon ...

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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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