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Peter Sprague String Consort: Dr. Einstein's Spin

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Composer/guitarist Peter Sprague isn't well-known, but there are few musicians operating at his level; he counts pianist Chick Corea, bassist Charlie Haden and fellow six-stringer Pat Metheny among his enthusiastic supporters.One of his ongoing projects, The Peter Sprague String Consort, represents a true marriage of jazz trio with string quartet, and the ensemble is back after 2009's The Wild Blue (SBE, 2010) with Dr. Einstein's Spin, which was in part commissioned by Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works program.Opening with the deliriously episodic “Mundaka," string pizzicatos swirl over drummer Duncan Moore's shaker pattern in 11/4. An ...

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Geoffrey Keezer / Peter Sprague Band: Mill Creek Road

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Geoffrey Keezer / Peter Sprague BandMill Creek RoadSBE Records2011 Pianist Geoffrey Keezer and guitarist Peter Sprague have combined their considerable musical forces in forming this band, the first fruits of which are available now as Mill Creek Road on Sprague's own SBE Records. They are joined in this effort by the up and coming Los Angeles double bass virtuoso Hamilton Price and the ubiquitous Duncan Moore on drums for this (mostly) quartet outing. Percussionist Zach Harmon, and soulful violinist Erica Ochoa make several cameo appearances which greatly enhance the cuts they guest ...

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Peter Sprague: Calling Me Home

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Peter SpragueCalling Me HomeSBE Records2010In his varied, 30 year career, guitarist and composer Peter Sprague has always shown an affinity for vocalists. On Calling Me Home, this affinity is expanded to its logical conclusion. The disc features vocals on every tune and draws from a deep talent pool of five incredible voices. What's particularly amazing about this effort is that Sprague has created a very accessible release by simplifying some of his compositional stratagems without ever resorting to the lowest common denominator. This is a collection that deserves to crossover to as ...

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The Peter Sprague String Consort: The Wild Blue

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The Peter Sprague String Consort The Wild Blue SBE Records 2009

Guitarist/composer Peter Sprague isn't nearly as well known outside serious musician circles as he should be. Maybe his international profile will be raised since he's been touring with vocalist Dianne Reeves. Twenty-three years ago, in 1987, bassist Charlie Haden asked his good friend, guitarist Pat Metheny to join a quartet he was putting together. Metheny was reluctant to move to the West Coast, so he recommended Sprague as an able substitute. Sadly, this group never recorded. For a guitarist to get ...



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