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Dave Stryker: Blue Soul

Read "Blue Soul" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Germany's WDR Big Band has welcomed a great variety of musicians such as Fred Hersch, Michel Camilo, Ambrose Akinmusire and Jimmy Heath as guest soloists over the years. On this occasion they provide an invigorating backdrop for the springy and soulful guitar of Dave Stryker. The set list on this CD finds Stryker and the band tackling a combination of vintage pop and soul hits and the guitarist's original compositions, all arranged and conducted by saxophonist Bob Mintzer. ...

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Dave Stryker: The Positive Force Of Blue Soul

Read "Dave Stryker: The Positive Force Of Blue Soul" reviewed by Kyle Simpler

Dave Stryker is passionate about music and its positive energy. From his time working with Jack McDuff and Stanley Turrentine to his years as a solo artist, Stryker has established himself as one of the foremost jazz guitarists around. He also teaches at Indiana University, Montclair State University, Rutgers University, and has an online instructional workshop at ArtistWorks. With the album, Blue Soul (Strikezone Records, 2020), Stryker teams up with Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band from Cologne, Germany. ...

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Big Bands, Orchestras and New Sounds

Read "Big Bands, Orchestras and New Sounds" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we focus on new releases interpreting pop hits in a big band style with Dave Stryker working with Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band; delivering solo piano compositions with a cinematic blend of classical, post-minimalist and traditional music courtesy of Kosta Jevtić, from Serbia; or incorporating folk elements into contemporary jazz by Kari Van Der Kloot . Another Serbian, Maja Alvanović, brings a fresh new sound with the third album from her Majamisty Trio. Canada's Sophia Smith ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Stryker with Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band: Blue Soul

Read "Blue Soul" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Bob Mintzer had an idea. The renowned tenor saxophonist, who serves as principal conductor of Cologne, Germany's world-class WDR Big Band, had made several appearances as guest artist with guitarist Dave Stryker's New York-based organ trio and was so impressed that he thought it would be a good idea to re-orchestrate some of Stryker's music for big band and invite the guitar maestro to return the favor by traveling to Germany and performing as guest artist with the WDR ensemble, ...

LIVE REVIEW

Dave Stryker Quartet At Middle C Jazz

Read "Dave Stryker Quartet At Middle C Jazz" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Dave Stryker Quartet Middle C Jazz Charlotte, NC February 14, 2020 Guitarist Dave Stryker began by introducing his band mates: tenor saxophonist Stephen Riley, organist Jared Gold (a constant companion for several years) and drummer Jeremy Bean Clemons. Much of the music would come from the recent album Eight Track III (Strikezone Records, 2019). Stryker joked that some audience members looked too young to know what an eight-track is (for an explanation, see the interview ...

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Dave Stryker: Guitars, Organs & Eight-Tracks

Read "Dave Stryker: Guitars, Organs & Eight-Tracks" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitarist Dave Stryker grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to New York City in 1980. His big break came when he joined organist Jack McDuff's group for two years, from 1984-85. It was through McDuff that Stryker met tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, who would occasionally sit in. After leaving McDuff, Turrentine asked Stryker to join his quintet (1986-1995, then again at the end of Turrentine's life). Stryker began recording his own albums in 1988, and has also had a ...

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Holiday Roundup 2019

Read "Holiday Roundup 2019" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

An exceptionally large and diverse group of holiday albums this year. Dave Stryker Eight Track Christmas Strikezone Records 2019 Prior to this album, guitarist Dave Stryker made three albums under the “Eight Track" moniker. As the title implies, they were all devoted to funky 1970s radio classics from sources like Motown, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan and Prince, as well as rock tunes from bands like Cream and The Zombies—using an organ trio ...


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