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Corey Christiansen: La Proxima

Read "La Proxima" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Guitarist Corey Christiansen's early days recording for Seattle's Origin Records featured a pair of superb organ jazz recordings, Roll with it (2008) and Outlaw Tractor (2010). A versatile player, the guitarist expanded his vision with his “American West" set Lone Prairie (Origin Records, 2013), in addition to his “avant cowboy/surf rock band" on Factory Girl (Origin Records, 2016). Throughout Christiansen's eight Origin Records releases, with all their shifts and thematic changes, the music has held firmly to its ...

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Corey Christiansen: Factory Girl

Read "Factory Girl" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Guitarist Corey Christiansen began his stint at Origin Records in 2008 with a top notch organ jazz outing, Roll With It. He followed that with an equally engaging disc featuring the same players, Outlaw Tractor on the label in 2010. On these two dates, Christensen and his superb band worked the soul jazz groove typical of the B3 organ genre, featuring a breezy dynamic with superb displays of technique all around, and lots of room for the guitarist's inspired guitar ...

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Corey Christiansen: Lone Prairie

Read "Lone Prairie" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Guitarist Corey Christiansen has released two previous recordings on the Origin label in Roll With It (2008) and Outlaw Tractor (2010). Both were well received and featured Christiansen's ethereal playing, characterized by a deep reverb beneath a slightly overdriven tone. These recordings are uniformly fine, but generally lacked a thematic center (not that one was required). Having said that, Christiansen provides here a disc with a central theme of music of the American West on Lone Prairie--but, ...

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Corey Christiansen Quartet: Outlaw Tractor

Read "Outlaw Tractor" reviewed by John Barron

Guitarist extraordinaire Corey Christiansen displays a crisp attack with scorching solos on Outlaw Tractor, a disc full of no-nonsense, organ-based, groovy jazz. Christiansen, who is also a well-known educator and author of guitar-related instructional material, recruits the talents of organist Pat Bianchi to create a rollicking vibe reminiscent of the classic pairing of Wes Montgomery and Jimmy Smith in the 1960s. The irresistible boogaloo, “Down Time," and Larry Young-style blues waltz, “Carefree," set the tone of the session ...

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Corey Christiansen Quartet: Outlaw Tractor

Read "Outlaw Tractor" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The reason behind Corey Christiansen's clinically precise guitar style is his experience with Mel Bay Guitar Instruction. He is fluent in all guitar styles, which fully informs his recording and performing persona. His previous recording, Roll With It (Origin, 2008), employing the same band as on the present Outlaw Tractor, was a sleek funk machine updating the soul jazz of the 1960s. Previous to that, Awakening (Mel Bay, 2004) demonstrated, with a piano quartet, the great (if a bit wordy) ...

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Corey Christiansen: Roll With It

Read "Roll With It" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

If jazz is America's soundtrack, periodically updated by tonal seismic shifts, then Corey Christiansen's third release, Roll With It, is one such shift. Imagine a Grant Green-Jimmy Smith-Stanley Turrentine 1960s triumvirate (had one existed) buffed to an early 21st Century digital sheen, greasy easy on the pork fat, hard on the omega-3s and what you get is guitarist Corey Christiansen's soul-jazz world view.

Debuting on Origin Records with Roll With It, Christiansen has the benefit of ...

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The Corey Christiansen Quartet: Awakening

Read "Awakening" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. Take guitarist Corey Christiansen, whose début record on the nascent Mel Bay Guitar Sessions label, Awakening , is filled with spirited playing and an engaging mix of original and standard compositions. Christiansen is the senior music editor and guitar clinician for Mel Bay publications, a leading supplier of instructional material on a number of instruments. His job would demand that he has formidable technique and a broad musical knowledge, and ...


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