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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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