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Graham Dechter: Takin' It There

Read "Takin' It There" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A quartet is usually a self-contained collection of four, but sometimes these groupings serve as part of a greater whole; guitarist Graham Dechter's foursome does both. Dechter, drummer Jeff Hamilton, bassist John Clayton and pianist Tamir Hendelman serve as the rhythmic power source for the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra but they can also stand on their own in fine, grooving fashion. Dechter, in his mid-twenties at the time of this recording, has been keeping company with Clayton and ...

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Graham Dechter: Right On Time

Read "Right On Time" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Graham Dechter steps out from the guitars chair with the Hamilton/Clayton Jazz Orchestra, fronting a quartet with fellow Orchestra members Jeff Hamilton on drums, John Clayton on bass and Tamir Hendelman on piano. The familiarity amongst the players brings about an easy assimilation of style and development.

Dechter is a lyrical player, his succulent notes drinking deep from the melody before going out into wider pastures, where he develops the theme with layered harmonies. The selections offer a ...

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Graham Dechter: Right on Time

Read "Right on Time" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

Memo to all those folks who insist that “real" jazz is dead, or at least on life support: do check out the leader/producing debut of 23-year-old guitarist Graham Dechter. His Right on Time supplies irrefutable evidence that the tradition is not only alive, but flourishing, because of young artists like Dechter who are both able and eager to carry the torch.

The first thing you notice is Dechter's warm, round tone; what registers next are his great time, ...