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James Silberstein: Expresslane

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It's unclear why a guitar-featured album with a bunch of solid horn players on hand engenders feelings of nervousness--especially when they are pros like tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, trumpeter Jim Rotundi and trombonist Steve Davis. From the opening bars of Cole Porter's “From This Moment On," on James Silberstein's Expresslane, horn riffs are heard alongside guitar chords and runs.

It is obvious, though, that Silberstein is quite comfortable in this setting and enjoys sharing the spotlight with his fellow musicians--and quite well. On Jack Wilkins' “Kiwi Bird," Anne Drummond's flute plays the melody in tandem with Silberstein, adding ...

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James Silberstein: Express Lane

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The way “From This Moment On begins, you might think you're in store for some high-spirited big band jazz. However, the small horn ensemble make up just part of the support for guitarist James Silberstein's Express Lane. A fixture on the New York jazz scene, Silberstein has a long list of distinguished artists with whom he has associated. Among them are Zoot Sims, Norah Jones, Jack Wilkins and the Larry Elgart Orchestra. Silberstein's debut CD, Song for Micaela (CAP, 2004), reached the top 20s on Jazz Week's radio charts. Silberstein also performs at numerous jazz clubs, festival and ...

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James Silberstein: Express Lane

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Composer/songwriter Cole Porter's “From This Moment On" fires up talented guitarist James Silberstein's second album, Express Lane. The up-tempo rendition of this classic brings in a full and dynamic band for this project, including topnotch members of the well-known New York-based collective, One For All: trumpeter Jim Rotondi, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and saxophonist Steve Davis. Silberstein plays with a virtuosity reminiscent of Joe Pass, Pat Martino, and Martin Taylor. Whether in a trio, quartet, or larger formation, his punctuated contributions are clearly evident. All scenarios are effectively showcased on this CD. Following Song ...

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James Silberstein: Express Lane

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Even though he is heard prominently throughout, James Silberstein's second recording as leader isn't a “guitar album" as such but more an ensemble piece, as it features on several tracks a number of first-class instrumentalists from the New York area, namely trumpeter Jim Rotondi, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, trombonist Steve Davis and flautist Anne Drummond.

Silberstein is showcased with his rhythm section (pianist Jill McCarron, bassist Harvie S, drummer Vince Cherico) on his own “Express Lane," adding percussionist Daniel Sadownick on the standards “You Don"t Know What Love Is" and “Skylark." McCarron sits out on Rodgers and Hart's “My Romance," ...

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James Silberstein: Express Lane

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Composer/guitarist James Silberstein embarks on a musical commute through the non-stop highway of jazz on his very own Express Lane, driving eleven terrific charts of contemporary and Latin jazz grooves making for one burner of an album. This represents the artist's second release and follow-up to his debut, Song For Micaela (Consolidated Artists Production, 2004).

For this recording, Silberstein brings back saxophonist Eric Alexander, bassist Harvie S and drummer Vince Cherico. Trumpeter Jim Rotondi replaces the great Randy Brecker, while vocalist Kate McGarry appears on one track, replacing Carla Cook who graced the first album.

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James Silberstein: Song For Micaela

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With his recording debut, guitarist James Silberstein reveals a warm tone and crisp articulation. His straight-ahead session captures the essence of bebop, as he and his guests explore the art of improvisation over a theme. Several originals add favorably to the session's appeal.

With Randy Brecker, Eric Alexander and Carla Cook alongside, the guitarist weaves creative threads. He shows a penchant for up-tempo frenzy and blazing fast motion. Bruce Barth contributes several exciting piano romps. His feature on “Aquas" proves particularly interesting.

Silberstein drives forward with fire in his eyes and the desire to move forward ...

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James Silberstein: Song For Micaela

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By all accounts guitarist James Silberstein has been a busy working musician on the Georgia, Miami and New York scenes for 25 years, but has operated mainly beneath the radar, only now releasing his debut CD, Song For Micaela, which finds him mining the juncture between post bop modernists like Pat Martino and more staid traditionalists like Tal Farlow. With a programme that combines some well-heeled standards with a number of interesting originals whose main purpose is to create an open space for the group to improvise, Silberstein has put together a comfortable and engaging session that may not break ...

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James Silberstein: Song for Micaela

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It takes some folks a little longer than others to develop the confidence to record an album as leader; still others never decide to do it at all. James Silberstein falls in the former group. He's been a working pro on the Georgia, Miami, and New York jazz scenes for nearly 25 years, but he's spent most of that time “flying just under the radar," at least until now. With Song for Micaela , Silberstein has abandoned his stealth posture and emerged into radar range, both as guitarist and composer. The album is a mature effort, tasteful, ...



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