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Archtop guitar enthusiasts are well suited to appreciate the artistry of Mike Magnelli’s debut release on the String Jazz label. Onetime manager/agent for Joe Pass, Magnelli displays a talent in his own right, with contemporary styling in a collection of solo archtop tunes. Magnelli has played alongside Pass, Burt Bacharach and was guitarist and assistant director for the Broadway musical Grease. The solo work on this album is a tribute to Magnelli’s many years of playing the guitar. His smooth picking and strumming make for an enjoyable listen. I am reminded of Jerry Hahn’s “Garden in the Rain” when I hear Magnelli’s work, and Jerry’s excellent handling of the archtop was my first introduction got the instrument in a Jazz setting. An album worthy of a place in any guitar enthusiast’s collection, and a prime selection for relaxing, intelligent music played a long day of stress.
Track Listing: They Can't Take That Away from Me; People; Walkin' My Baby Back Home;
'Tis the Last Rose of Summer; Tings Ain't What They Used to Be/Blue
Moon; Avalon; All the Things You Are; On Green Dolphin Street; Here's
That Rainy Day; Like Someone in Love; I've Got the World on a String;
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.