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Joyce Cooling: Revolving Door

Read "Revolving Door" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Gibson Guitars' 1999 Jazz Guitarist of the Year, Joyce Cooling, paints a bright and colorful picture on Revolving Door with loving strokes. You might be surprised to learn that this is her portrait of an often dark subject. Says Cooling, “'Revolving Door' is a metaphor for a situation we humans often find ourselves in where there is seemingly no beginning and no end to a problem. It can be a frustrating treadmill with the same path ruthlessly cycling under your ...

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Joyce Cooling: This Girl's Got to Play

Read "This Girl's Got to Play" reviewed by Brian Soergel

Guitarist Joyce Cooling continues her particular smooth jazz style on her fourth CD, with plenty of tight grooves, clean electric and acoustic guitar runs, an occasional blues, rock or Brazilian aside, and several chances to display her jazz-style vocals.

Cooling and partner/producer/keyboardist Jay Wagner breeze through nine diverse tracks that have plenty of hit potential, beginning with the opener, “Expression." Cooling trades acoustic and electric riffs, and Wagner keeps time on the keyboards, as is their style. Wagner also plays ...

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Joyce Cooling: Third Wish

Read "Third Wish" reviewed by Dave Hughes

After a couple successful CDs on Heads Up International, contemporary guitarist Joyce Cooling has hit the big time on her GRP debut, Third Wish. The program is accessible enough to reach a wide audience, yet it offers plenty of substance to reach ears that are seeking something more than standard-fare ear candy.

All of the compositions are by Cooling and long-time musical partner, keyboardist and producer Jay Wagner. Cooling’s guitar solos are consistently thoughtful and well-developed, and a bit more ...


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