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Kenny Poole: Heritage

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Kenny Poole was a guitarist's guitarist. He never sought the limelight that others with his talents achieved, but his much admired jazz chops attracted musicians in the know. He performed with such luminaries as Jack McDuff, Tal Farlow, Joe Pass, Howard Alden and Jack Wilkins. Sadly, Poole lost his fight with cancer in 2006. But with the release of Heritage, a collection of his live solo performances at Cincinnati's Heritage Restaurant, Poole's soulful and sophisticated finger-style arrangements are available for ...

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Kenny Poole: For George: Tribute to a Master

Read "For George: Tribute to a Master" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As I’ve written many times before, I know guitarists by name and reputation more than by sound or mannerisms. So what a particular guitarist plays is (usually) more important to me than how he (or she) goes about doing it. I suppose what I’m trying to say is that most guitarists sound pretty much the same to these undisciplined ears. Kenny Poole, who seems to be as proficient as any contemporary guitarist, keeps the pilot light low on Tribute, which ...

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Kenny Poole: For George: A Tribute To A Master

Read "For George: A Tribute To A Master" reviewed by Jim Santella

Just five months before he passed away last year at the age of 85, guitarist George Van Eps performed a few Father’s Day quartet sets at a small restaurant near his home in Southern California with local artists. Sharing a memory with the audience of bouncing on George Gershwin’s knee as a small child, Van Eps reminded everyone that classic songs live forever. Kenny Poole’s tribute to Van Eps features a sense of style similar to the master’s: gentle swinging ...


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