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Stryker Slagle Band: Keeper

Read "Keeper" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Guitarist Dave Stryker is one of the most prolific talents in jazz, with almost two dozen releases as a leader, and stints with artists including Stanley Turrentine and Jack McDuff. His unique style has garnered him a number of prestigious awards. No less productive is Stryker's long-time co-leader, saxophonist Steve Slagle, who has led his own bands for twenty years and played with a highly impressive roster including Carla Bley, Steve Kuhn and Joe Lovano. Having worked together for the ...

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The Stryker / Slagle Band: The Scene

Read "The Scene" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Feel-good music may be the best way to describe The Scene by The Stryker/Slagle Band. This quarter presents eight original songs and one cover, all in an upbeat mood. Each song, in some way, is dedicated to brother musicians.Guitarist Dave Stryker spent more than 13 years with Stanley Turrentine and has worked with Jack McDuff, Kevin Mahogany and Eliane Elias. Saxophonist Steve Slagle has performed with Ray Barretto, Charlie Haden, Milton Nascimento and The Mingus Big Band among ...

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The Stryker/Slagle band: The Scene

Read "The Scene" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Consummate professionals, guitarist Dave Stryker and saxophonist Steve Slagle continue to raise the bar of instrumental interplay with The Scene. This pair eschews gimmickry for chops and produces some of the best post-bop anywhere. Joe Lovano, himself one of the busiest and best tenor saxophonists around, joins them again, as he did on their previous release, Latest Outlook (Zoho, 2007). Along with this powerful frontline, a rhythm section of bassist Jay Anderson and Victor Lewis on drums ...

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The Stryker/Slagle Band: The Scene

Read "The Scene" reviewed by John Barron

The Scene finds guitarist Dave Stryker and saxophonist Steve Slagle collaborating for their fourth recording as co-leaders. The disc is a clever, soulful set of original progressive jazz featuring bassist Jay Anderson, drummer Victor Lewis and, on four tracks, special guest saxophonist Joe Lovano.

The sly bouncy opener “Skee," a dedication to the late bassist Dennis Irwin, sets the stage with spirited blowing by Slagle, Lovano, and Stryker over a punchy groove by Anderson and Lewis. The swinging title track, ...

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The Stryker/Slagle Band: Latest Outlook

Read "Latest Outlook" reviewed by Nic Jones

The more time passes, the less often truly exceptional documents of the modern mainstream such as this one seem to come along. Guitarist Dave Stryker and alto and soprano sax man Steve Slagle have been working together for some time and there's abundant evidence of that here in their almost symbiotic understanding. Together they make for an exceptional front line and, when they've got the likes of drummer Billy Hart and bassist Jay Anderson supplying the foundation, the result can ...

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The Stryker / Slagle Band: Latest Outlook

Read "Latest Outlook" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

After last year's Live at The Jazz Standard, the Slagle/Stryker band reconvened in the studio to record a batch of new compositions. The general sound of Latest Outlook is completely different from the previous recording--the leaders are the only two musicians to appear this time around, and the quartet is enhanced by the presence of Joe Lovano's tenor saxophone on two tracks. The first impression you get is that they seem to swing harder in the confines ...

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The Stryker / Slagle Band: Latest Outlook

Read "Latest Outlook" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Stryker/Slagle Band's two previous recordings, The Stryker/Slagle Band and Live at the Jazz Standard, were energetically received, and Latest Outlook promises more of the same.

Presently, guitarist Dave Stryker and reedsman Steve Slagle are employing bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Billy Hart (tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano joins the band on two of the cuts). The music collected here by the two leaders is made up of mostly original compositions that might fall into the category of post-Miles ...

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Stryker/Slagle Band at Goat Cafe

Read "Stryker/Slagle Band at Goat Cafe" reviewed by Joel Levin

Stryker/Slagle Band The Goat Café South Orange, NJ June 23, 2006

Jazz guitarist Dave Stryker and alto saxophonist Steve Slagle have been playing together for 20 years. That's longer than most marriages, and possibly better than most because of the extraordinary telepathy that drives their collaborations.

On June 23 at The Goat Café in South Orange, NJ, an enthusiastic audience sprinkled with musicians and industry people was treated to a last-minute warmup ...

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The Stryker/Slagle Band: Live at the Jazz Standard

Read "Live at the Jazz Standard" reviewed by John Kelman

While they've worked together regularly over the years, guitarist Dave Stryker and saxophonist Steve Slagle have never recorded live together and have only one eponymous recording out under their collaborative Stryker/Slagle Band moniker. When they booked two nights at New York's Jazz Standard earlier this year to test out new material for a planned studio date, Stryker had the idea that they should record the gig and release the best material on disc.

That was an inspired decision. When spontaneity ...

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The Stryker/Slagle Band: Live at the Jazz Standard

Read "Live at the Jazz Standard" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Guitarist Dave Stryker and saxophonist Steve Slagle are back with a live recording. What was to be a studio date turned around on a Stryker moment of inspiration when he suggested that the band record the two nights they were playing at the Jazz Standard in New York City. That idea has been augmented by the choice of material, with different styles bringing in a good balance and the sequencing adding to the impact.

The quartet is tight ...

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The Stryker/Slagle Band: Live At The Jazz Standard

Read "Live At The Jazz Standard" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Although they've been playing gigs together for the past twenty years, guitarist Dave Stryker and saxophonist Steve Slagle didn't make it official until just a few seasons ago for their first joint venture. Stryker and Slagle are also members of Trio Mundo, which is currently recording on the same label. This latest effort, recorded earlier this year at New York's Jazz Standard, adds bassist Ed Howard and the venerable drummer Victor Lewis. The audience is clearly an eager recipient of ...

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The Stryker/Slagle Band: Live at the Jazz Standard

Read "Live at the Jazz Standard" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Guitarist Dave Stryker has the superhuman ability to be everywhere at once. In peering back at my recent reviews involving the artist, I find his fine recordings with Trio Mundo, Carnival and Rides Again, and the trio outing Exit 13 with drummer Sylvia Cuenca. But one of the most notable was Stryker's Zoho release with friend and multireedist Steve Slagle, The Stryker/Slagle Band . Stryker and Slagle's association is the kinetic definition of simpatico, because the pair's new recording, Live ...


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