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Guitarist Askold Buk writes music to enjoy, music with a back beat, music that combines obvious references to country & western, pop/rock and smooth jazz.
With a clear, forceful guitar sound and crisp articulation, Buk lays down an enjoyable session drawn from a lifetime of paying attention to the kinds of music that have been recognized as popular. His "Wondering," a waltz that changes rhythm several times, captures your imagination with its air of mystery. An open, freewheeling trumpet solo with echo, followed by Buk’s fiery blues-laced electric guitar blast, jar the listener’s emotions. The leader follows that up with "A.F.B.," a New Orleans shuffle that features Greg Witchel’s blues harp. Buk adds a country & western flavor, while pianist Charlie Giordano pounds out a barrelhouse stomp that everyone can appreciate. The program finishes with Buk’s ballad "Downtime," which represents most of the artist’s eponymous session. With memorable pop/rock melodies, a driving back beat, and enjoyable "feel good" music, Askold Buk’s latest project smokes.
Track Listing: Bella Luna; Iguana; Volcano; Without You; Big Slinky; One More Bar; Picklehead; Wondering; A.F.B.; Downtime.Collective
Personnel: Askold Buk- guitars; Gene Eames- electric bass; Brian Shanley- drums; Ken Fradley- trumpet; Charlie Giordano- piano, keyboards; Jack Waltrip- tenor saxophone; Bob Sherwin- alto saxophone; Greg Witchel- harmonica.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.