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Arturo Vera / Ethan Mann: Acoustic Project

Read "Acoustic Project" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The Acoustic Project is a confluence of classical styling, Spanish-tinged songs, and improvisational elements, brought together by two men who have ample knowledge and skill in all three areas. Guitarists Ethan Mann and Arturo Vera have known each other for two decades, having connected long ago when they were both at the Manhattan School of Music, and they share a deep musical bond that is evident throughout this album. Their journey begins with Heitor Villa-Lobos' “Aria," which ...

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Ethan Mann: It's All About A Groove

Read "It's All About A Groove" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


It's All About a Groove is all about three self-effacing musicians having a fine time playing some music that burns with a cold fire, and swinging, sometimes with a fair gusto. Most of all this date is about uncomplicated, yet attractive improvisation, as a group that rarely veers far from the melody, but ventures far enough to create the right kind of buzz. Ethan Mann is a guitarist who has a lot to say in a voice that is uncompromisingly ...

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Ethan Mann: It's All About a Groove

Read "It's All About a Groove" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


Jazz, pop, funk, blues--put them all together, and you get It's All About a Groove, by guitarist Ethan Mann. Aided by keyboardist Albert “Chip" Crawford and drummer Greg Bandy, Mann presents a delightful mix of original songs and tributes. The three musicians started very young. Mann was 14 when he and a friend were hired to play at a bar in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Crawford was 12 when he earned $5 playing on a flatbed truck outside a drive-in ...

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Ethan Mann: It's All About A Groove

Read "It's All About A Groove" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


While plenty of jazz fans are schooled musicians, an even greater number doesn't have significant training--or any training, for that matter--in music. These people might not know chord progressions or specific rhythmic patterns, but they do know if music feels good. When songs are stripped to their bare essence, the groove is often what creates the groundwork for everything else and allows the music to take shape. Guitarist Ethan Mann clearly agrees with this idea and made it the central ...


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