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Steve Cardenas: Blue Has A Range

Read "Blue Has A Range" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

It's not easy to pin New York guitarist Steve Cardenas down to a few main attributes. His playing is unassuming, his compositions are equally subtle and his persona possessed of an even more humble nature, leaving him somewhat hidden in the shadows of the contemporary jazz world. Yet the veteran guitarist has been going at it now for over a quarter century, recording and playing with some of the finest international jazz heavy-weights of today, yesterday and tomorrow. Between Adam ...

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Steve Cardenas, Cory Weeds, Zoot Sims and More

Read "Steve Cardenas, Cory Weeds, Zoot Sims and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

Neon Jazz continues to focus on the new music coming out during this global pandemic. This week we focus on a Kansas City-native, New York City jazz guitarist Steve Cardenas, who has just released a great new album. We also feature songs from Duchess, Florian Arbenz, Cory Weeds, Steve Slagle and Ambrose Akinmusire. Enjoy the jazz, my friends. Playlist Steve Cardenas “Lost and Found" Blue Has a Range (Cardenas) 00:00 Host talks 6:41 Florian Arbenz “Ambar" Convergence (Florian ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Cardenas: Blue Has A Range

Read "Blue Has A Range" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Connections abound across the personnel list on this quartet date. Guitarist Steve Cardenas has been part of pianist Jon Cowherd's Mercy Project for the better part of a decade. There, and in bassist John Patitucci's Electric Guitar Quartet, he's logged some musical miles with drummer Brian Blade, who steadily employs Cowherd in his Fellowship band. And then there's bassist Ben Allison—the fourth part of the equation and the album's producer. He's a longtime Cardenas colleague—both men have played frequently enough ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Cardenas: Charlie & Paul

Read "Charlie & Paul" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The third season of the subscription-based vinyl label Newvelle launches with a quartet led by guitarist Steve Cardenas. A Kansas City native, he cut his teeth in that city before moving to New York in the mid-1990s. Cardenas has appeared on more than fifty albums playing with Ben Allison, Jon Cowherd, Chris Cheek, Eliane Elias, Chris Potter, Donny McCaslin and many other top names, and he has four previous recordings as a leader. Cardenas was a long time member of ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Cardenas: Melody in a Dream

Read "Melody in a Dream" reviewed by Gabriel Medina Arenas

Melody in a Dream is a humble tribute to Steve Cardenas' mentors and music heroes. The Kansas City guitarist who moved to New York City in 1995 pays his respects to figures like late piano genius Thelonius Monk, avant-garde drummer Joey Baron(who is his sideman in this album), the deceased drummer Paul Motian and pianist Horace Silver. This is the fourth Cardenas solo album, who was a member of Paul Motian Electric Bebop Band for several years, as ...

INTERVIEW

Steve Cardenas: From K.C. to N.Y.C.

Read "Steve Cardenas: From K.C. to N.Y.C." reviewed by Matthew Warnock

Kansas City has had a long and storied place in jazz history. From Count Basie, to Charlie Parker and Lester Young, some of the best and brightest in the genre have either been raised or cut their teeth in K.C. While there seems to be an historical tinge to the city whenever its contribution to jazz is concerned, the Paris of the Plains still produces many top-notch instrumentalist and vocalists from its clubs, high schools and universities. With such a ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Steve Cardenas: West of Middle

Read "Steve Cardenas: West of Middle" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Steve CardenasWest of MiddleSunnyside Records2010

It is time for the voice of Steve Cardenas to be heard. The guitarist, a sideman for several years and dozens of projects led by a diverse group of musicians--bassists, reedmen, brass players, drummers, vocalists--Cardenas has held his own in various sizes of ensembles. But as a leader, so far the guitarist has preferred the company of one or two musicians to accompany him on his musical ...


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