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by Jeff Winbush
Guitarist Brian Hughes might not consider comparisons between Fast Train To A Quiet Place and early Pat Metheny Group albums all that flattering, but he should. When Metheny was stretching the boundaries of jazz guitar with his recordings for the ECM label, he took the instrument places it had never been before. Metheny has moved on to conquer new musical frontiers, but Hughes, who seems to have been listening closely to Pat Metheny Group (ECM, 1978) American Garage (ECM, 1980) ...read more
by Dave Hughes
The marketing hype that accompanies the latest release from Canadian guitarist Brian Hughes,Shakin' Not Stirred, attempts to position this CD as "a fond look back at upon the cool jazz and spicy Latin music of the late 60s and early 70s" with a "jazz club atmosphere." Hughes cites Stanley Turrentine'sSalt Songalbum and Freddie Hubbard'sRed Clayas being particularly influential. Well... I don't hear it. That's not to say that this isn't a good CD; in fact, it's quite enjoyable. ...read more
by AAJ Staff
Strange story here, I was sitting in my hotel room in Toronto last week (August ) reading my Mac User, not paying too much attention to the wails from my daughter coming from the bathroom....bathday on holiday?) Suddenly my musical tastebuds were awakened by a programme on TV from a local jazz festival. As if hit by a mule, I sat up to take notice of a new name to me, namely Brian Hughes.
The man sounds like his self confessed ...read more