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Wayne Brasel

The versatile guitarist and composer from California, combines the best of jazz, blues, soul, and rock guitar with a post-bop approach to improvisation. The music he composes is an eclectic blend of styles and influences that often defies categorization. As an L.A. session guitarist, Wayne recorded and toured with artists such as Donna Summer, Debby Boone, Otis Stokes, Tata Vega, Rose Stone, and Andrae Crouch. Performances around the world have included the JVC Jazz Festival in New York, the New Orleans Jazz Festival , the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollwood Bowl, as well as an appearance on Saturday Night Live. Performing as a sideman and with his own group, Wayne has played alongside many of the world's top musicians, including: Mike Stern, Alex Acuna, Abe Laborial, Vinnie Caliuta, Justo Almaria, Kenneth Nash, Shiela Jordan, Brandon Fields, John Patitucci, Joe Sample, Wilton Fielder, Tom Brechlein, Gary Willis, Peter Erksine, Rick Margitza, Joe Pass, Hal Crook, and Frank Gambale. Growing up in Northern California, Wayne began playing guitar at the age of 10

If You Would Dance

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2010
Track listing: Lightgiver; The Oaks Of Mamre; If You Would Dance; Celebration; Aberdeen; Oleo De Mujer Con Sombrero; Elias; A Heart On Fire; The Hermit.

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Wayne Brasel: If You Would Dance

Read "If You Would Dance" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Jazz guitarist Wayne Brasel was born and bred in California, and while currently living in Europe--where he teaches at the University of Stavanger in Norway--the west coast rhythms that tug his heart strings are alive and well in If You Would Dance, a collection of warm and inviting original compositions of relaxing light jazz. Except for ...

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Wayne Brasel: If You Would Dance

Read "If You Would Dance" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Wayne Brasel's music reflects the West Coast lifestyle--or at least the stereotype that most people have of sunny California living. His clear, cleanly articulated guitar lines speak of gentle evenings by the water, and he has assembled a great cast of musicians to help shape these languorous compositions. Brasel and Peter Erskine have been acquainted ...

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Guitarist/Composer Wayne Brasel Releases New CD Titled "If You Would Dance" on Brajazz Records Featuring Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, and Tom Warrington

Guitarist/Composer Wayne Brasel Releases New CD Titled "If You Would Dance" on Brajazz Records Featuring Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, and Tom Warrington

On If You Would Dance, jazz guitarist Wayne Brasel teams up with a top west coast rhythm section and records a beautiful CD of his own lyrical compositions. Wayne's friendship with world class drummer Peter Erskine goes back to when Peter was only 19 and touring around with the Stan Kenton big band. Over the years ...

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Wayne Brasel Quartet - If You Would Dance (Universitetet Stavanger)

Wayne Brasel Quartet - If You Would Dance (Universitetet Stavanger)

Self-released but hardly rough-hewn in production design or packaging appearance, guitarist Wayne Brasel's latest is a smooth listening experience from start to finish. The dancing feet that adorn the cover give a visual clue to Brasel's basic aesthetic. Lightly swinging with clean rounded corners in common with what follows, the opening “Lightgiver" revolves around his grit-free ...


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