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Groove-O-Ly-O-Scene

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2011
Track listing: AQ Giraffe; Albino Bison; Kwan-Teen; Pennapa; Bangkok; Lanta; Pai Crowd; Introducing Monsieur Sildey; Monsieur Sildey.

Album

Groove-O-Ly-O-Scene

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2011
Track listing: AQ Giraffe; Albino Bison; Kwan-Teen; Pennapa; Bangkok; Lanta; Pai Crowd; Introducing Monsieur Sildey; Monsieur Sildey.

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Jamie Ruben: Groove-O-Ly-O-Scene

Read "Groove-O-Ly-O-Scene" reviewed by Edward Blanco


With his debut album as leader, Canadian guitarist Jamie Ruben leads a quintet of Toronto's finest session and touring players in carving out a groove of relaxed and laidback light jazz on Groove-O-Ly-O-Scene. Inspired by the music of Medeski, Martin & Wood, The Bad Plus and the incomparable Frank Zappa, Ruben's music attempts a tasteful hybrid ...

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Jamie Ruben: Groove-O-Ly-O-Scene

Read "Groove-O-Ly-O-Scene" reviewed by Florence Wetzel


Guitarist Jamie Ruben's Groove-O-Ly-O-Scene is an absolute treat for the ears. There's something deliciously mellow and laidback about this music, and at the risk of using a word that brings terror to many jazz fans, it is wonderfully smooth. Wait, don't stop reading! One dictionary defines “smooth" as “even and uninterrupted in flow or ...

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Jamie Ruben: Groove-O-Ly-O-Scene

Read "Groove-O-Ly-O-Scene" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


If at first you don't succeed, travel. Guitarist Jamie Ruben did just that when he failed to get much recognition in North America. Leaving his native Toronto, Canada, he made his way to the East playing and living in several cities before settling in for a lengthy spell in Chian Mai, Thailand, recording and releasing this ...

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Jamie Ruben: Groove-O-Ly-O-Scene

Read "Groove-O-Ly-O-Scene" reviewed by David Rickert


As a guitarist, Jamie Ruben isn't a shredder; there are more notes in a Russell Malone solo than there are on Ruben's entire debut. Rather, Ruben excels at the slow burn--a few well-chosen notes and a keen melodic sense can be much more enjoyable than an exercise in finger-busting on the fret board. But ...

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Jamie Ruben: Groove-O-Ly-O-Scene

Read "Groove-O-Ly-O-Scene" reviewed by Douglas Payne


The musical path of Canadian guitarist Jamie Ruben is surely the story of the road less traveled. Rather than gigging regularly in some urban jazz hotbed, the Toronto-based guitarist made his living for seven years performing jazz full time in the Far East in such places as Katmandu, Bangkok, Shanghai and the even more remote regions ...

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Jamie Ruben: Groove-O-Ly-O-Scene

Read "Groove-O-Ly-O-Scene" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Canadian composer/guitarist Jamie Ruben's debut, Groove-O-Ly-O-Scene, is a very atmospheric affair, but its stylistic intricacies are not at the expense of substance. Although the opener, “AQ Giraffe," is short on improvisation, its almost Hawaiian-sounding heavy groove serves as a good introduction that sets the theme for the rest of the record. The lazy nocturnesque “Pennapa," on ...


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