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James Silberstein

Although he has been a working pro on the New York scene for the past 25 years, guitarist James Silberstein had been flying somewhat under the radar . . . until now. An accomplished player who combines the warm tone and remarkably fluid single note burn of a Pat Martino, Tal Farlow or Joe Diorio with a capacity for harmonic sophistication, uncommon lyricism and a penchant for alluring bossa novas, Silberstein crafts an invigorating and appealing collection of standards and originals on Song for Micaela, his long overdue debut as a leader. Along for the ride are the guitarist's core working rhythm section of bassist/producer Tony Cimorosi and drummer Vince Cherico as well as such stellar guests as trumpeter Randy Brecker, saxophonist Eric Alexander, pianist Bruce Barth, bassist Harvie S and vocalist Carla Cook

Express Lane

Label: Consolidated Artists Productions
Released: 2008
Track listing: From This Moment On; Kiwi Bird; You Don't Know What Love Is; Come Rain or Shine; Shadows; Express Lane; A Simple Thank You; Glass Garden; My Romance; Skylark; Lament.

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James Silberstein: Expresslane

Read "Expresslane" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

It's unclear why a guitar-featured album with a bunch of solid horn players on hand engenders feelings of nervousness--especially when they are pros like tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, trumpeter Jim Rotundi and trombonist Steve Davis. From the opening bars of Cole Porter's “From This Moment On," on James Silberstein's Expresslane, horn riffs are heard alongside guitar ...

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James Silberstein: Express Lane

Read "Express Lane" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

The way “From This Moment On begins, you might think you're in store for some high-spirited big band jazz. However, the small horn ensemble make up just part of the support for guitarist James Silberstein's Express Lane. A fixture on the New York jazz scene, Silberstein has a long list of distinguished artists with ...

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James Silberstein: Express Lane

Read "Express Lane" reviewed by Alain Londes

Composer/songwriter Cole Porter's “From This Moment On" fires up talented guitarist James Silberstein's second album, Express Lane. The up-tempo rendition of this classic brings in a full and dynamic band for this project, including topnotch members of the well-known New York-based collective, One For All: trumpeter Jim Rotondi, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and saxophonist Steve Davis. ...

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James Silberstein: Express Lane

Read "Express Lane" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even though he is heard prominently throughout, James Silberstein's second recording as leader isn't a “guitar album" as such but more an ensemble piece, as it features on several tracks a number of first-class instrumentalists from the New York area, namely trumpeter Jim Rotondi, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, trombonist Steve Davis and flautist Anne Drummond. Silberstein ...

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James Silberstein: Express Lane

Read "Express Lane" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Composer/guitarist James Silberstein embarks on a musical commute through the non-stop highway of jazz on his very own Express Lane, driving eleven terrific charts of contemporary and Latin jazz grooves making for one burner of an album. This represents the artist's second release and follow-up to his debut, Song For Micaela (Consolidated Artists Production, 2004).

Song for Micaela

Label: Consolidated Artists Productions
Released: 2004
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

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James Silberstein: Song For Micaela

Read "Song For Micaela" reviewed by Jim Santella

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 ...

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James Silberstein: Song For Micaela

Read "Song For Micaela" reviewed by John Kelman

By all accounts guitarist James Silberstein has been a busy working musician on the Georgia, Miami and New York scenes for 25 years, but has operated mainly beneath the radar, only now releasing his debut CD, Song For Micaela, which finds him mining the juncture between post bop modernists like Pat Martino and more staid traditionalists ...


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