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Tom Guarna And The Ted Ludwig Trio At Jazz At The Joint

Read "Tom Guarna And The Ted Ludwig Trio At Jazz At The Joint" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Tom Guarna The Joint Little Rock, AR March 7, 2021 One of the curious results of 2005's Hurricane Katrina was its diasporic sequelae. Every order of New Orleans inhabitants interpreted the thrown bones of that event and elected to leave for safer climes. One of the greatest beneficiaries of this migration was Arkansas, which assimilated many NOLA expatriates into her own rich tapestry. One such ex-pat was guitarist and composer Ted Ludwig, who, with ...

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Album Review

Tom Guarna: Spirit Science

Read "Spirit Science" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Guitarist / composer Tom Guarna uses geometric concepts and patterns as a starting point on Spirit Science, his eighth album as leader, pairing its mathematical precision with spiritual awareness to more faithfully represent his musical point of view. Be that as it may, Guarna's handiwork must of course be appraised for its perception and effect on the listener, not for any tenets on which it is based. In other words, when all the premises have been explored, what ...

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Tom Guarna: Spirit Science

Read "Spirit Science" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


With The Wishing Stones (Destiny Records, 2017) New York-based guitarist Tom Guarna released something of a breakthrough album, featuring a prominently cast quartet made up of Brian Blade on drums, John Patitucci on bass and pianist Jon Cowherd. With that album Guarna perfected his personal style of composition, which sees post-bop language taken to more extensive structures filtered through modern sonic production values. Spirit Science picks up where that album left off and delivers another engaging set of modern post-bop ...

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Tom Guarna: The Wishing Stones

Read "The Wishing Stones" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


After having established himself amongst the leading modern Jazz-guitar voices with remarkably ambitious 2014 release Rush , Brooklyn-Born Tom Guarna returns leading an all-star quartet comprised of drummer Brian Blade, bassist John Patitucci and pianist John Cowherd on the inspired The Wishing Stones, sonically carrying forth what had defined the last record. While Rush saw Guarna leaving a comfort-zone which characterized previous releases, The Wishing Stones finds the guitarist building upon the modern guitar sounds and compositional structures, further developing ...

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Album Review

Tom Guarna: The Wishing Stones

Read "The Wishing Stones" reviewed by John Kelman


An unfortunate reality for too many musicians--even those who are well-known--is that most of their audiences are aware of but a portion of their true work...their fullest capabilities. Recordings only tell part of the story, since artists often tour with groups that are never documented. And even those tours, for those fortunate enough to experience them, are often limited-run engagements--perhaps a few weeks in Europe here, a short tour of Japan there. Even in North America, given the vast distances ...

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Letizia Gambi: Blue Monday

Read "Blue Monday" reviewed by James Nadal


As the world continues to shrink--musically speaking of course--the melding of American jazz with Mediterranean melody is another spin cycle that makes appreciation of this evolving art form so interesting. With high expectations, Neapolitan vocalist Letizia Gambi, which hails from a theatrical family, and has extensive jazz education, releases Blue Monday, an exuberant and ambitious production that takes jazz on a romantic Italian holiday. After a collaboration with drummer extraordinaire Lenny White in 2009 led to “Introducing Letizia ...

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Tom Guarna: Rush

Read "Rush" reviewed by Luigi Sforza


Il chitarrista, compositore e band leader newyorkese Tom Guarna è un musicista che pur muovendosi in un ambito mainstream garantisce alla sua musica tratti di assoluta riconoscibilità. Il timbro del suo strumento elettrico è tarato su frequenze jazz-rock e post-fusion, anche se l'elemento dominante risulta essere una sintassi espressiva di stampo post boppistico. Un brano come “Movement and Repose" -ad esempio--nonostante la ricchezza delle accentuazioni rielabora una serie di concetti che rimandano al virtuosismo di Allan Holdsworth.


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