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Oliver Gannon & Bill Coon: Two Much Guitar

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Here's another new offering for afficianados of jazz guitar duos! Veteran Canadian jazzmen Oliver Gannon and Bill Coon team up for eight duets, ably assisted by bassist Darren Radtke and drummer Dave Robbins, for this live recording at the Cellar Jazz Club in Vancouver.

In the liner notes, label honcho Cory Weeks finds a unique way for the listener to differentiate between the two guitar stylists, and it seems to work. In the setting of this album, he describes Bill Coon as a melody player who performs ballads in the style of Canadian guitarist Ed Bickert, while Oliver Gannon's sound ...

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Mike Rud: Live from Lotusland / The Oliver Gannon Quartet: Thats What

This pair releases by Canadian plectrists covers lots of territory, both literally and figuratively. Oliver Gannon has been active on the Vancouver scene since the early 1970s, has performed throughout Europe and North America, and made three concert tours of the former USSR. His long association with the late tenor saxophonist Fraser MacPherson included a Juno Award-winning duo album in 1982. Gannon's recordings for Concord Jazz are highly regarded by fans of mainstream jazz guitar. He is among the hardest swinging straight-ahead guitarists on the planet, and can always be relied upon to play with momentum and grace.

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Oliver Gannon: That's What

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Hearing jazz live is arguably the best way to experience it. Barring that, a live recording, done well, can be a reasonable substitute. A live show that has that magic, that “it," is a rare thing, and a good recording of one of those is even rarer. That's What is most definitely in that category, and a case could easily be made that it compares well with Smokin' at the Half Note (Verve, 1965) with Wes Montgomery and Wynton Kelly. Yes, it is that good. This record is guaranteed to get your foot tapping and put a ...



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