Guitarist Josh Workman may have spent his time on both the New York and Bay Area scenes, and has honed a fine mainstream sound in the ensuing years, but what separates him from the plethora of mainstream guitarists out there trying to make a mark is his remarkable breadth of style. Jumpin' at the Border is nothing short of an entertaining history lesson, with Workman and a host of supporting characters taking the listener across a number of borders and through a host of countries.
The title track may be a simple 6/8 minor blues, but with drummer Omar Clay ...read more
Guitarist Josh Workman's Jumpin' at the Border swings into that rare I don't get enough of..." category. I don't get enough of his gypsy style with the Hot Club of San Francisco ("Kali Sara"); I don't get enough of his boppin' (Sippin' at Bell's); I don't get enough of Kim Nalley's bluesy and seductive vocals ("I Can't Face the Music/I Want a little Boy" and You're Drivin' Me Crazy"); I don't get enough of his Brazilian sound (Andre de Sapato Novo," Nono," Carinhoso").Workman shines in every style he tackles here, on a 72-minute, 16-song tour of jazz sounds. ...read more
The debut recording of the aptly named guitarist Josh Workman is indeed a highlight of this year. There are endorsements on the cover by jazz plectrists Jim Hall, Gene Bertoncini, and Peter Bernstein, some of the best guitarists on the scene. Josh Workman is a Bay Area resident who returned to San Francisco in the mid-'90s after spending time in the New York area. He has previously recorded with Larry Vuckovich, Indigo Swing, and the Jazz Passengers.
Jumpin' At the Border has been packaged with an attractive selection of standards and originals in a variety of settings. For ...read more
From the sounds of Josh Workman's debut release, he could very well be a guitar Renaissance man. His new release covers a lot of ground in jazz styles ranging from bop, Latin, and Brazilian to gypsy and even blues. The music recalls the greats--Django, Bandolim, Dizzy, Ella, Pass, Vaughan, Ellington, Bird, and others. While it might sound like a bit of a stretch, the California based guitarist's new CD, Jumpin' At the Border, is an extremely rewarding release that incorporates various styles concerning the jazz guitar idiom.
Backed by some long time friends and equally accomplished musicians such as pianist ...read more