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.
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.