Published since 2006
Martin Gladu is a guitarist, consultant and music publishing/licensing veteran.
, Daniel Santiago and John Pondel represent the wide variety of styles going under the generic term "jazz guitar."
Each in his own way, Anthony Wilson
Anthony Wilson Trio
Jack Of Hearts
Groove Note Records
, Anthony Wilson is not one to shrug off his instrument's blues roots or long history as a tool of groove. As a matter of fact, when he is not busy laying it down behind jazz diva Diana Krall, Wilson is often found in the studio supporting other chart-topping acts like Chris Botti, Michael Buble, and Queen Latifah. A groovy, jazz-meets-pop-meets-funk affair, his Jack Of Hearts appears like a hidden card he is been itching to pull from his sleeve. Organist Larry Goldings and top-notch session drummers Jeff Hamilton and Jim Keltner are there to ensure his is a winning hand.
A neo-traditionalist in the same vein as Mark Whitfield and Russell Malone
. His winning tandem with saxophonist Josue Lopez is reminiscent of the Brazil-bound master's collaborations with saxophonist Michael Brecker. "Traveling" and "Miracle are two telling examples. His pensive "Children Of The War" calls to meditation in much the same way that Metheny's "Message To A Friend" did on the Beyond The Missouri Sky (Verve, 1997) project with bassist Charlie Haden. That said, this second outing reveals Santiago as a talented, maturing voice whose influences, though watermarked, are rapidly overlooked for the superior quality of its presentation. A name to reckon with.
Daniel Santiago is also not one to take the fun out of playing the guitar, quite the contrary. Hailing from Brazil, Santiago favours a collegial approach to composition, putting his sizzling melodies through a dangerously nervous rhythmic machine and then toning it down to acoustic-set, pastoral vistas. But, as its title suggests, the idea behind Metropole is of conjuring up a bustling urban landscape, of vertically stacked harmonic-rhythmic structures with reserved pathways for zigzagging soloists. The listener comes out of the excursion alive, and longing for more.
A skilled technician and composer, Santiago shares conceptions of phrasing and tone with Pat Metheny
Real Guy Productions
Active on the West Coast scene since his early twenties, it is surprising John Pondel has taken so long to come out with his first effort as a leader. A sophisticated, harmonic player a la Lenny Breau
An elegant and classy stylist straight out of the Jim Hall tradition, Pondel, like his elder, has adopted effects to tinker the sound of his hollow-body guitar. Whereas Hall uses effects to harmonize single note lines with intervals otherwise unplayable or too taxing, Pondel's stomp box lowers the pitch of his phrases' last notes, thus producing microtonal glissandi ("reverse bends" in guitar terminology). When used too frequentlysuch as in the otherwise acceptable take of Horace Silver's "The Jody Grind"the gimmick becomes irritating. Considering Pondel's broad knowledge of voicings and textures, his reliance on such an aid appears unnecessary. In fact, his chording amply colors the sonic space, which remains austere with only percussionist Marivaldo Dos Santos, bassist Scott Colley and guest flautist/saxophonist David Binney filling in the backdrop. Such parred down instrumentation becomes an issue in the overall dynamics the trio project.
Tracks and Personnel
Jack Of Hearts
Tracks: Mezcal; Jack of Hearts; Hawkeyes; Carnegie Blues; Theme from Chinatown; Vida Perdida Acabou; Orange Crate Art; Harajuku; Zweet Zursday; Homecoming.
Personnel: Anthony Wilson: guitar; Jim Keltner: drums (1, 5, 7, 8, 10); Jeff Hamilton: drums (2-4, 9); Larry Goldings: Hammond B-3 organ, celeste.
Tracks: Old City; In The Rain; Gregorian Samba; Letter To The World; Children of the War; Salamandra; Traveling; Lagoon; Angola's Dance; Miracle; Within Us; Metropole.
Personnel: Daniel Santiago: guitars; Josue Lopez: tenor and soprano saxophone; Vitor Goncalves: piano; Marcio Bahia: drums (4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12); Edu Ribeiro: drums (1-3, 6, 8, 10); Guto Wirtti: bass.
Tracks: Make It Nice; Jakes Dilemma; Mr. Obvious; HP; Waving Not Drowning; Where the River Ends; The Jody Grind; Ed Snipe.
Personnel: John Pondel: guitar; Scott Colley: bass; Marivaldo Dos Santos: percussion; David Binney: flute & alto saxophone.
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