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Holiday Roundup 2019

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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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A Neon Jazz Christmas!

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Welcome to the annual Christmas show, trying to get all jazz fans into that seasonal mood. Each song is cultivated primarily by modern artists and a sprinkling of cats from years back. Featuring the likes of Dave Stryker, Pasquale Grasso, Glenn Crytzer and John Basile. Dig the holiday season and a brand new year, kids. Playlist Manhattan Jazz All Stars “Jingle Bell Jazz" Jingle Bell Jazz (Columbia/Legacy) 00:00 Host talks 3:12 Dave Stryker “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" ...

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Dave Stryker: Eight Track Christmas

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No, you needn't scour the woods searching for an eight-track tape player (good luck with that). Guitarist Dave Stryker's Eight Track Christmas refers not to outmoded recording / playback equipment but to his Eight Track Band (actually a quartet) and its album of songs for the 2019 holiday season. As those who've heard the group perform on other occasions will readily agree, Stryker's seasonal sentiments are directed toward those who groove on Christmas fare laden with generous helpings of funk ...

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We Three Holiday Happenings: Season's Greetings From Benny Benack III and the Steven Feifke Big Band, Martina DaSilva and Dan Chmielinski, and Dave Stryker

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It's Christmas all over again, so deck the halls, break out the eggnog and get ready for a proliferation of holiday albums. As with any and every year, there are plenty of new jazz releases that fall into this most festive category and saturated market. Some lean solely on popular favorites, sticking close to the templates while injecting some swing, soul and individuality into the music; others play with those recognizable and reliable classics like putty, stretching and reshaping them ...

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Dave & McClenty's Road Trip, More Newk, A Vault Deep Dive & More

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Getting you revved up for Dave Stryker & McClenty Hunter visiting southern Louisiana (October 22nd at Chorum Hall in Baton Rouge; Oct 23rd at the Sandbar @ UNO and Oct 24th at Snug Harbor in New Orleans). Our Sonny Rollins celebration continues with tracks from Sonny Rollins + 4 (with Clifford Brown & Max Roach). And we do a deep dive into the vaults with the 1st jazz tune recorded employing the chord changes to “How High The Moon," the ...

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Dave Stryker: Eight Track III

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Attuned to the idea that you can never get too much of a good thing, guitarist Dave Stryker has forged sequels to some of his most dynamic projects. From his Steeplechase cannon there are the four volumes of Blue to the Bone and a pair of releases devoted to the electric side of Miles Davis. So when the opportunity came for a third set devoted to reworkings of some of the '70s best soul and pop tunes, Stryker jumped at ...

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Dave Stryker: Eight Track III

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Guitarist Dave Stryker says this is the last of his trilogy of classic pop melodies from the 1970s. If so, its release is a little bittersweet: because like the other two it is a truly fun project, for the players and listeners alike. Completing the trilogy was suggested by vibraphonist Stefon Harris, who had appeared on the first installment, Eight Track (Strikezone Records, 2013). Vibraphonist Steve Nelson took over for Eight Track II (Strikezone Records, 2016). As on ...


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