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Doug Webb: Bright Side

Read "Bright Side" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

From one perspective, Doug Webb's Bright Side is basically twelve tracks clothed in very recognizable forms --a few varieties of soul-jazz, a couple of heartfelt ballads, a taut bossa nova, and an array of middling and up tempo straight- ahead swingers. Although the material is thoroughly enjoyable, it's tempting to succumb to a nagging notion that ...

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Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio: Bright Side

Read "Bright Side" reviewed by Chris May

Like the earlier guitar master Johnny Smith, whose extraordinary melodicism and dazzling technique he shares, Wolfgang Muthspiel offers a rare combination of accessibility and sophistication. And with Bright Side he's created an album as lyrical, elegant and poised as Smith's 1953 masterpiece, Moonlight In Vermont (reissued by Roulette, 2004). It's heart-stoppingly beautiful music, and I haven't ...