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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 ...

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Dave Stryker: Strykin’ Ahead

Read "Strykin’ Ahead" reviewed by John Kelman

Having just turned sixty this year, it's still quite remarkable that Dave Stryker--a musician who, unfortunately and unfairly, fits into the category of “one of the best guitarists most have never heard"--has released well over thirty albums as a leader/co-leader (including his Stryker/Slagle Band, with saxophonist Steve Slagle, and Latin-informed Trio Mundo) in a little more ...

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Dave Stryker: Eight Track II

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Guitarist Dave Stryker had such a good time covering classic '70s pop tunes on Eight Track (Strikezone Records, 2014) that he recorded a second installment. He is once again joined by his regular trio (organist Jared Gold and drummer McClenty Hunter), but with a different guest vibraphonist. That chair is taken by Steve Nelson, best known ...

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Dave Stryker: Eight Track II

Read "Eight Track II" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Eight Track II, Dave Stryker's twenty-seventh album as a leader, could be subtitled “Stryker Strikes Again," as it is a pleasing sequel to 2014's well-received Eight Track, on which the guitarist's working trio and guest vibraphonist Stefon Harris revisited pop songs from the '70s and rearranged them in a hip new groove. Eight Track II offers ...

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Dave Stryker: Eight Track II

Read "Eight Track II" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Sequels are a tricky business, often playing to expectations and hewing close to the formula(s) that helped spawn them in the first place. For many, for those very reasons, they're automatically viewed as a slam dunk, aiding in the creation and extension of a franchise entertainment experience for general audiences that went in hard for the ...

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The Stryker/Slagle Band: Routes

Read "Routes" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Long-time friends and collaborators, guitarist Dave Stryker and saxophonist Steve Slagle have been developing their sound for almost two decades and have led their band on several recordings. Throughout their enduring association, The Stryker/Slagle Band has produced some of the best contemporary jazz heard anywhere. On the audacious Routes, their sixth album as a group, the ...

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Danny Mixon: Pass It On

Read "Pass It On" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Despite his low profile, veteran pianist Danny Mixon has quite a history. His career has included stints playing with Betty Carter, Kenny Dorham, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Frank Foster, Grant Green, Pharoah Sanders, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Charles Mingus, and many others. Most of Pass It On finds him alternating between solos and trios. Many of the ...

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Dave Stryker: Messin' with Mister T

Read "Messin' with Mister T" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Tenor saxophone legend Stanley Turrentine has been gone for some time now but not forgotten and certainly, not by those he performed with for many years. Guitarist Dave Stryker toured with Turrentine for over a decade and has always intended to pay proper respect to the jazz icon who meant so much to him personally. Messin' ...

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Dave Stryker: Messin' with Mister T

Read "Messin' with Mister T" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

On this tribute to his former employer Stanley Turrentine, guitarist/bandleader Dave Stryker recruits his trio with Hammond B-3 organist Jared Gold and drummer McClenty Hunter, augmented here by guest percussionist Mayra Casales. Messin' with Mister T also features a series of contemporary tenor players taking on some of the late saxophonist's classic recordings.

The ...

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Dave Stryker: Messin' with Mister T

Read "Messin' with Mister T" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On Messin' with Mister T, guitarist Dave Stryker could have enlisted only his organ trio to salute friend, mentor and musical hero Stanley Turrentine; instead, he chose to step back and let other voices do most of the talking. The encomiums are thus provided by ten of the world's most accomplished tenor saxophonists, making this one ...