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

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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, ...

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Dave Stryker Quartet At Middle C Jazz

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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

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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)" ...

ALBUM REVIEW

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

Read "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" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

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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