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James Silberstein: Song For Micaela (2004)

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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 at a fast tempo. Just about everything in his session takes place at a rapid pace. From New York, the guitarist is used to constant, animated activity. Even his title track, a ballad, is forced to move at a moderately fast pace.

When accompanied by bass and drums alone, the guitarist wraps his warm tone and crystal clear articulation around a melody. The sextet numbers that match up Silberstein with Brecker, Alexander and Barth give the program memorable highlights. The closing number, a rubato solo guitar ballad, leaves the listener wanting more from this guitarist who demonstrates a love of the persuasive melody, but puts most of his debut efforts into impressive, up-tempo extensions.

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Track Listing: Red Carpet; So Many Stars; Nica's Dream; Aquas; House Party; Love for Sale; How Deep Is the Ocean; Who Can I Turn To; Song for Micaela; You're My Everything; Baubles, Bangles & Beads; Why Did I Choose You.

Personnel: James Silberstein- guitar; Randy Brecker- trumpet; Eric Alexander- tenor saxophone; Bruce Barth- keyboards; Harvie S, Tony Cimorosi- bass; Vince Cherico- drums, percussion; Carla Cook- vocal on "So Many Stars."

Record Label: CAP

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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