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Dave Stryker: Baker's Circle

Read "Baker's Circle" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On Baker's Circle, guitarist Dave Stryker revisits a format in which he is quite comfortable: an organ-driven rhythm ensemble whose emphasis is on hard-nosed contemporary swing. There is, however, a refreshing exclamation mark this time around in the person of able-bodied tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III, and one more fringe benefit (on three tracks): percussionist Mayra Casales, who adds even more energy to an already vigorous session. Jared Gold is the soulful organist, with versatile drummer McClenty ...

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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 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, ...

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Dave Stryker: Eight Track Christmas

Read "Eight Track Christmas" reviewed by Jack Bowers


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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Dave Stryker: Eight Track III

Read "Eight Track III" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


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

Read "Eight Track III" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


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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Dave Stryker: Eight Track III

Read "Eight Track III" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


If an idea works, you might as well ride it to its logical conclusion. Following vibraphonist Stefon Harris' advice along those lines in this context, guitarist Dave Stryker completes his Eight Track odyssey with the delivery of the third volume of jazz takes on '70s radio staples. Harris, after having passed the mallets off to fellow vibes heavy Steve Nelson for the second set, returns to the fold to see this trilogy to its end, and percussionist Mayra Casales spices ...


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