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Chris Monson: Seldom in the Well

Read "Seldom in the Well" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Canadian guitarist Chris Monson's debut album, Seldom in the Well, is seldom strident or uninteresting, thanks in large measure to Monson's fluent compositions and arrangements, an able rhythm section, and a talented front line consisting of trumpeter Kevin Turcotte and tenor saxophonist Kelly Jefferson. On the other hand, the studio session seldom catches fire, as its disposition is for the most part genteel and even-tempered. Among the more unforeseen surprises is that Monson seldom shines the spotlight ...

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Chris Monson: Seldom In The Wells

Read "Seldom In The Wells" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

What jumps out of the speakers at the beginning of the spin of Seldom in the Well--the debut of Toronto-based guitarist Chris Monson--is the full, rich sound. Part of that is the deft rhythm-section pairing of guitar and piano; part of it is Monson's arrangements, and some of “the sound" can certainly be attributed to the production. The line-up is the standard two-horn front-line sextet. Beginning with “Where The Leaf Has Been," the compositional vibe evokes Blue Note ...


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