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Jack Wilkins: Playing What He's Preaching

Read "Jack Wilkins: Playing What He's Preaching" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Some time in 1975 a box of records from the Mainstream label was dropped by my front door. I picked it up and began to open it with a mix of excitement and dread of having to face writing more record reviews. I saw an LP titled Windows with an unfamiliar cast of characters and put ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Barone: Open Up

Read "Open Up" reviewed by John Barron

With ample chops and a firm grasp on tradition, New York-based jazz guitarist Jeff Barone proves a capable leader, bringing fresh ideas to the straight-ahead realm. Open Up showcases the Syracuse native's relaxed approach on a hard-swinging set of standards and originals.

Barone displays strong compositional skills on the up-tempo modal opener “Duban's Groove," the Brazilian ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Barone: Open Up

Read "Open Up" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

New York first-call guitarist Jeff Barone's Open Up creates a platform that covers a range of song types for the leader/composer and his colleagues--all aces--to work both as a terrific team and highly inventive soloists. There's everything here from Barone's beautiful solo strums to hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz.

Barone's “Duban's Groove," written for alto saxophonist Mike Dubaniewicz, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Barone: Crazy Talk

Read "Crazy Talk" reviewed by Jim Santella

A New Orleans shuffle and plenty of traditional swing bring Jeff Barone’s debut CD into focus as a jazz guitar celebration. Echoes of Wes Montgomery and Grant Green reverberate in quartet format, as Barone works with piano, bass and drums to interpret classic tunes and several original compositions.

The session starts off with ...