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Ken Hatfield: Phoenix Rising

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Ken Hatfield: Phoenix Rising Ken Hatfield wields his eloquent and supple classical guitar on his latest jazz offering, Phoenix Rising. He uses a basic trio format—guitar/bass/drums—bolstered by guest artist slots featuring piano, tenor sax and trumpet on several tunes.

Hatfield—who has been commissioned to write several ballets—leans toward his classical side on the opener, "Phoenix Rising" and "Tableau du souvenir"; plays some sweet straight ahead jazz on "The Aleph", that features Billy Drewes' round, hollow-toned, Paul Desmond sound (though Desmond was an alto man) on tenor sax. "Meroe" has the Brazilian tint to it, and features a some mellow trumpet work by Claudio Roditi. "Yo Es", with the Dom Salvador sitting in on piano, swings, a la Django, with Hatfield sounding loose and easy, trading chording and lead chores back and forth with the keyboard, a shuffling rhythm—the highlight for this listener. You'll find Hatfield's most interesting and intricate classical guitar work on "Iberia", joined again by trumpeter Roditi, and then another jazzy go with "Jeanette", Drewes sitting in on sax again.

The disc closes with a straight ahead "Riff for Brother Jack", just the trio this time, some beautiful uncluttered picking by Hatfield, a tune that showcases bassist Hans Glawishnig's solid contributions to the CD's sound.

A top notch classical/jazz guitar outing by Hatfield; and also of note—if you like the sound of an additional string instrument (violin and viola), check out his CD Dyad from a couple of years back, also on Arthur Circle Music.

www.kenhatfield.com

Track Listing: Phoenix Rising, Tableau du souvenir, The Aleph, Meroe, Retroflexion, Yo Es, Iberia, For Jeanette, Combray, Riff for Brother Jack

Personnel: Ken Hatfield, guitar; Hans Glawischnig, bass; Duduka da Fonseca, drums; Claudio Roditi, trumpet/flegelhorn; Dom Salvador, piano; Billy Drewes, Tenor sax

Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Arthur Circle Music | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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