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With full-bodied richness and free flowing riffs, guitarist Jim Hershman swings with skill and style on his latest recording as a leader entitled 342. A veteran jazz artist for over 25 years, Hershman has been around the musical block in a variety of jazz modes from big band to straight bebop, and even classical music. His playing has depth and his musical influences are evident with undertones of guitar patriarchs Joe Pass and Wes Montgomery. The trio for this recording is fulfilled with popular bassist Scott Colley and Kenny Wollenson on drums. The addition of saxophone great Lee Konitz is an added treat.
The trio moves smoothly throughout the session with a mixture of standards and Hershman originals. Hershman’s playing is colorful as he delivers liquid solos and chord phrasings with speed and control. Colley a rising star, provides solid bass lines and a few outstanding solos. The rhythm is glued with finesse by nice work from drummer Wollenson. The trio swings with class and flair on the timeless Billy Strayhorn tune “UMMG”. Other selections such as 'Three for two" showcase Hershman’s mellow cool and the enduring spirit of Lee Konitz sax adds a refreshing layer of sound with warm solos that interact with the smooth vibe of the entire setting.
Jazz is a creative explosion of individual freedom and communication.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was a kid. My father had a music store.
The best live performance I ever attended was Kenny Garrett in Harlem, New York.
The first jazz record I bought was Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins.
My advice to new listeners is keep listening!