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Cameron Pierre: Pad Up (Get Ready)

Read "Pad Up (Get Ready)" reviewed by Chris May

While rocked-up holy barbarians like Charlie Hunter explode the boundaries of jazz guitar playing, there's still plenty of juice in the straight-ahead tradition--in the right pair of hands. Pat Martino proved that last year with his gob-smackingly inventive Wes Montgomery tribute on Blue Note, Remember. Lest we forget, British-based player Cameron Pierre sings his own legacy-affirming song on Pad Up (Get Ready).

Martino's reference point is the timeline connecting Charlie Christian and Montgomery. The younger Pierre's is a decade or ...


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