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Bruce Saunders: 8x5

Read "8x5" reviewed by John Barron

The evolving jazz musician is one who refuses to rest on past laurels. The examples of Miles Davis and John Coltrane quickly come to mind as stalwarts on a never ending quest for fresh sounds. Even with a handful of releases under his own name and an impressive list of sideman credentials, jazz guitarist Bruce Saunders fits the mold of a musician intent on expanding his comfort zone.

On 8x5, Saunders, with Gibson 335 in hand, explores the ...

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Frank Vignola: Vignola Plays Gershwin

Read "Vignola Plays Gershwin" reviewed by Andrew Velez

With the Brothers Gershwin we're talking about the very summit of the Great American Songbook, words and music that have for the most part passed into the language. They are true evergreens that retain their capacity to swing, and provide fertile opportunities for a musician as varied in range as guitarist Frank Vignola. The only surprising thing about this album may be why Vignola didn't make it sooner. With a versatility on his part that ranges from swing to bop ...

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Jonathan Kreisberg: The South of Everywhere

Read "The South of Everywhere" reviewed by John Kelman

When thinking of younger guitarists making a difference, names that seem to crop up often are Rosenwinkel, Monder and Rogers. Undeniably fine guitarists all, but add Jonathan Kreisberg to that list. New for Now (Criss Cross, 2005), demonstrated Kreisberg's successfully transition from his early days as a prog-rocker and fusion-meister to modern mainstreamer, while Unearth (Mel Bay, 2005) made clear his imaginative compositional skills, blending cerebralism with a grounded, visceral edge. The South of Everywhere continues Kreisberg's evolution on a ...

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Jonathan Kreisberg: The South Of Everywhere

Read "The South Of Everywhere" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

New York-based guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg provides a lesson or two here, on his second date for Mel Bay Records. It's not all about chops or technique. He adds credence to that notion via thoughtful compositions and small ensemble-led arrangements that communicate his penchant for fusing power-packed dynamics with memorable melodies. Kreisberg is well-equipped in the technical domain. But it's more about quality and substance that underscores this largely exhilarating effort. With everyone's favorite session keyboardist Gary Versace manning ...

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John Pisano: John Pisano's Guitar Night

Read "John Pisano's Guitar Night" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

In 1997, guitarist and entrepreneur John Pisano convinced a Los Angeles club owner to allow him to promote a series of jazz guitarists, who would perform on a weekly basis, with a different artist appearing each week. The debut of this series began at Papashon's and was later moved to Donte's (now long shuttered). The weekly event is still going strong almost ten years later, currently at Spazio's. Pisano has been providing the guitarists who work in this setting as ...

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Frank Vignola: Vignola Plays Gershwin

Read "Vignola Plays Gershwin" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

"I like a Gershwin tune," Frank Sinatra sings on the Burton Reed/Ralph Freed classic, “How About You." Guitarist Frank Vignola apparently loves a Gershwin tune, passionately.Vignola--with twelve CDs as a leader under his belt--is a versatile musician who sites an array of influences: Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Charlie Christian. On Vignola Plays Gershwin he leans in a swinging gypsy direction, bringing a Django vibe to fourteen George Gershwin melodies.The guitarist's quartet includes ...

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MB3: Jazz Hits Volume 1

Read "Jazz Hits Volume 1" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

As a corporation, Mel Bay has been well known for decades for providing guitar instructional material. A rather recent change has been the corporate venture as a jazz music label. MB has issued multiple albums from their roster of jazz guitarists. The three plectrists featured on Jazz Hits Volume 1 are Vic Juris, Jimmy Bruno and Corey Christiansen. These veterans are supported by bassist Jay Anderson, who also served as arranger, and drummer Danny Gottlieb. The session was recorded last ...


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