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by Dave Hughes
Guitarist Phil Sheeran's latest,Orchid, on his own Passage label, is a varied, well-rounded program of contemporary stylings. Keyboardist Gregg Karukas shares the producing and arranging duties, as well as the rhythm track programming on three cuts (the rest have live rhythm section). The album opens with the bluesy title cut; near the end of the disc "She Likes the Blues" obviously revisits blues territory. "Ste. Tropez" is more solidly in the contemporary jazz vein, as is the energetic ...read more