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Doug Wamble: A New Direction

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It's never easy for an established artist to make a change in their musical output mid-career, especially if up until that point they have made a name for themselves in the realm of traditional jazz. While some of these artists make a switch because for monetary reasons or to reach a wider audience, others are drawn to a new and exciting sound that they feel the need to explore further and share with their fans, both old and new.Guitarist Doug Wamble is an artist who firmly sits in this second category of performer, and his 2010 self-titled album, ...

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Doug Wamble / Charlie Hunter / Bernard Purdie at The Iridium, July 2010

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Doug Wamble / Charlie Hunter / Bernard PurdieThe IridiumNew York City, USAJuly, 2010 Iridium in summer. It's 10:00PM and simmering outside. A Broadway building announced the temperature as being 82 degrees. But inside the club it was about to get bluesy... and funky. The featured performer was guitarist and singer Doug Wamble, who was appearing in an all-star trio with seven-string guitarist Charlie Hunter (combining bass and lead capabilities, frets aimed in opposite directions at each end of the neck), and legendary “funky drummer," Bernard “Pretty" Purdie. The funk was, of course, ...

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Doug Wamble: Bluestate

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Go figure guitarist/vocalist Doug Wamble. On the strength of his sophomore release, Bluestate, he's clearly an amalgam of a variety of influences--blues, gospel, bebop, country, even a little bluegrass and a hint of the Middle Eastern. He's as likely to cover Peter Gabriel, Steve Wonder and traditional spirituals as he is write his own complex charts, some featuring his rich baritone voice, all demonstrating his remarkable stylistic breadth on that most unlikely of jazz instruments, the acoustic guitar. He's equally at home with down-home swing as he is more outré excursions: deeply serious at times, idiosyncratically tongue-in-cheek at others.

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Doug Wamble: Bluestate

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Based on the blues, Doug Wamble's modern mainstream jazz album combines heartfelt emotion with forward-looking creativity. He's managed to fold the roots of American music and classical music into his guitar presentation, which sparkles with anxiety. Dramatic energy invades each bar. As a vocalist, he's driven by the heart. Wamble's verbalizations, not the most polished, are suited to storytellin' with grit, and they eschew the lyrical beauty that follows most jazz singers throughout their careers.

Wamble emphasizes his powerful guitar imagery throughout the album. While five of the ten tracks on Bluestate feature his vocals, the emphasis remains ...

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Marsalis Music: Bluestate and Jbaro

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The fledgling Marsalis Music Label celebrates another anniversary with sophomore releases by two of its most exciting young artists: Bluestate by guitarist Doug Wamble and Jibaro by saxophonist Miguel Zenon. Their debuts recordings were well received by the jazz community by delivering music filled with diversity and fresh outlooks. One of the key freedoms allowed by producer Branford Marsalis to these artists was to let them simply be themselves and channel their own ideas and experiences into the music and the mindset continues on these noteworthy recordings.

Doug Wamble Bluestate Marsalis Music 2005

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Doug Wamble: Country Libations

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Doug Wamble pours out an eclectic and genuine offering of rich music on his debut release, Country Libations. With an interesting swirl of delta blues, gospel music, and strong jazz elements, the music has both rural and urban appeal. The guitarist and composer has a youthful appearance but plays and sings like an aged master. He has recorded and performed with notables such as Wynton Marsalis and Cassandra Wilson, and delivers strong fret board chops whether on acoustic flattop or slide guitar. Backed by a skilled band, it’s the authenticity of his playing and sound that makes the recording unique. ...



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