With his recording debut, guitarist James Silberstein reveals a warm tone and crisp articulation. His straight-ahead session captures the essence of bebop, as he and his guests explore the art of improvisation over a theme. Several originals add favorably to the session's appeal.
With Randy Brecker, Eric Alexander and Carla Cook alongside, the guitarist weaves creative threads. He shows a penchant for up-tempo frenzy and blazing fast motion. Bruce Barth contributes several exciting piano romps. His feature on "Aquas" proves particularly interesting.
Silberstein drives forward with fire in his eyes and the desire to move forward at a fast tempo. Just about everything in his session takes place at a rapid pace. From New York, the guitarist is used to constant, animated activity. Even his title track, a ballad, is forced to move at a moderately fast pace.
When accompanied by bass and drums alone, the guitarist wraps his warm tone and crystal clear articulation around a melody. The sextet numbers that match up Silberstein with Brecker, Alexander and Barth give the program memorable highlights. The closing number, a rubato solo guitar ballad, leaves the listener wanting more from this guitarist who demonstrates a love of the persuasive melody, but puts most of his debut efforts into impressive, up-tempo extensions.
Track Listing: Red Carpet; So Many Stars; Nica's Dream; Aquas; House Party; Love for Sale; How Deep Is the Ocean; Who Can I Turn To; Song for Micaela; You're My Everything; Baubles, Bangles & Beads; Why Did I Choose You
Personnel: James Silberstein (guitar), Harvie S or Tony Cimorosi (bass), and Vince Cherico (drums and percussion), with Randy Brecker (trumpet), Carla Cook (vocals), Eric Alexander (tenor sax), and Bruce Barth (piano, keyboards)
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith. We hung out at my Aunt Kate's Soul Food restaurant in Harlem after the matinees at the Apollo where I listened to their stories. I knew I wanted to be a jazz musician from then on. My mother wanted me to play piano, but my Aunt bought me a guitar. I've been playing ever since.
At my mother's early prompting, I first sang Blue Velvet at my Catholic elementary school...and all the nuns came running in and asked me to sing again, so I knew I must have sounded pretty good. I've been singing ever since.
I met Tony Bennett in Miami and he inspired me to return to New York. He was a great mentor.
The best show I ever attended is mpossible to say, I've seen so many great shows. From Tony Bennett to Pat Martino, Return to Forever to Weather Report...I've seen some great performances.
My advice to new listeners is don't let jazz intimidate you, the music has something for every listener and it is our American gift to the world.