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Synergy: Later

Read "Later" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins


San Antonio's Mike Brannon has one of the most uplifting guitar tones and approaches to improvisation in contemporary jazz, besides a flair for composition. His playing and writing are informed by fellow travelers like Metheny and Scofield, but not derivative of either. And he knows how to draw out the best from his associates, be they the regular Synergy members (Andy Langham, Gerry Gibbs and Brandon Rivas) or special guests like Bill Evans, Paul Wertico and Harvie S.

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Album Review

Synergy: Later

Read "Later" reviewed by John Kelman


Synergy may be a collective in name, but it's really the brainchild of guitarist Mike Brannon. With keyboardist Andy Langham the only carryover from 2000's Barcodes, Brannon handles all compositional/arrangement duties on Later, barring the title track, co-arranged by Brannon and drummer Gerry Gibbs. Like Barcodes there are a number of high profile guests on this set--this time bassist Harvie S, saxophonist Bill Evans, and drummer Paul Wertico--making Brannon's fluid guitar the only constant throughout the twelve-song, 44-minute set.

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