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John Hart: Act Three

Read "Act Three" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Guitarist John Hart has long had an affinity for working with groups that feature the organ as a primary instrument. Having worked with Jimmy Smith and logged a 16-year tenure with organist Jack McDuff, the guitarist now presents Act Three, yet another project with another organ master, this time New York-based keyboardist Gary Versace on the Hammond B3 organ. Versace is one of the most in-demand musicians on the jazz scene today. Rounding out Hart's new band ...

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Hart, Scone & Albin: Leading The British Invasion

Read "Leading The British Invasion" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Hammond organ trio called Hart, Scone & Albin open up Leading the British Invasion by biting into “Rehab," from the songbook of the late British vocalist, Amy Winehouse. The tune--already dripping soul in its original edition--drips some, with the trio's muscular and propulsive approach. The British Invasion the trio addresses throughout the set isn't the one that began in the early 60s, with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Dave ...

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Hart, Scone & Albin: Leading The British Invasion

Read "Leading The British Invasion" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The British are coming, the British are coming! No, not the Redcoats with rifles or tide-shifting rock royalty like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and the like. This time, it's the might and music of the English songstress that's landing stateside. With Leading The British Invasion, this smart and stinging organ trio salutes a number of notable ladies from across the pond. Fifty years worth of history is covered here, as everybody from Dusty Springfield to Adele ...

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John Hart at The Turning Point Cafe

Read "John Hart at The Turning Point Cafe" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

John Hart The Turning Point Cafe Jazz at The Turning Point Cafe Piermont, NY April 24, 2017 In the midst of a second week of suffering from a particularly virulent strain of the flu, John Richmond should be taking it easy. Moving in a sluggish manner, avoiding close contact with musicians and patrons alike, offering arm bumps instead of handshakes, and acting uncharacteristically subdued, he's nonetheless determined to host and play tenor saxophone throughout ...

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John Hart: Standards: Green and Blue

Read "Standards: Green and Blue" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Guitarist John Hart adds vibraphonist Joe Locke for this valuable studio quartet date that's focused primarily on standards, but with a fresh look.

They transform “Lazy Afternoon from a subtle ballad into a snappy mid-tempo post bop vehicle, with lively soloing by the two players. Bassist Bill Moring's sinewy new bass line and a change to a minor key slightly alter the character of the timeless ballad “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans, while the piece ...

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The John Hart Trio: Indivisible

Read "Indivisible" reviewed by John Kelman

It's unfortunate that certain guitarists are so pervasive that others are inevitably assessed in comparison. Play with a certain Midwestern sensibility and warm tone and images of Pat Metheny abound. Add a little distortion and some blue notes and John Scofield is almost sure to be cited. Incorporate some quirky Americana leanings and Bill Frisell will certainly be mentioned. Economy and concision yield unavoidable comparisons to Jim Hall. And from a critical perspective, such comparisons aren't necessarily a bad thing--after ...

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John Hart: Scenes From A Song

Read "Scenes From A Song" reviewed by Bill Donaldson

You can't keep a good guitarist down for long, in spite of the vagaries of the recording industry. John Hart, who has gained attention for his individualistic approach on a series of Blue Note and Concord releases in the past dozen years, has jumped to the HepJazz label, thereby extending his stream of self-assured and musically mature recordings. As one listens to the progression of Hart's work, it becomes evident that he has grown even as he presents a signature ...


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