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Dave Stryker: As We Are

Read "As We Are" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


One of the few good things about coming late to a party is that you don't have to start the conversation. The guests are there, drinks have been served, and one way or another, a tone—or several—has been set. All you have to do is blend in. Sometimes it is easy. Other times it is not.

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Article: Six Picks

January 2022

Read "January 2022" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Bendik Hofseth Roots C+C records 2022 The second act in the Norwegian saxophonist's Forest tetralogy, Roots focuses around Bendik Hofseth's chamber-jazz qualities in the company of a string quartet plus guitarist Eivind Aarset and percussionist Per Oddvar Johansen, who both return for a second time out after 2020's Trunks. ...

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Dave Stryker: As We Are

Read "As We Are" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Pat Metheny has a section of his website entitled “Pat Recommends," where he discusses jazz guitarists whom he believes are “making the best music of their careers" on their recent recordings. Dave Stryker is one of the musicians Metheny mentions, and this is certainly an accurate assessment. Dave Stryker has established himself as one of the ...

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As We Are

Label: Strikezone Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Overture; Lanes; River Man; Hope; Saudade; One Thing At A Time; As We Were; Dreams Are Real; Soul Friend.

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Baker's Circle

Label: Strikezone Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Tough; El Camino; Dreamsong; Everything I Love; Rush Hour; Superstar; Baker’s Circle; Inner City Blues; Love Dance; Trouble (No. 2).

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Dave Stryker: Baker's Circle

Read "Baker's Circle" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On Baker's Circle, guitarist Dave Stryker revisits a format in which he is quite comfortable: an organ-driven rhythm ensemble whose emphasis is on hard-nosed contemporary swing. There is, however, a refreshing exclamation mark this time around in the person of able-bodied tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III, and one more fringe benefit (on three tracks): percussionist Mayra ...

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Eight Track Christmas

Label: Strikezone Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: This Christmas; What Child Is This?; God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen; Happy Xmas (War Is Over); Soulful Frosty; Christmas Time Is Here; Sleigh Ride; Blue Christmas; We Three Kings; O Tannenbaum.

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Blue Soul

Label: Strikezone Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Trouble Man; Aha; What’s Going On; Came to Believe; Blues Strut; When Doves Cry; Wichita Lineman; Shadowboxing; Stan’s Shuffle.

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Dave Stryker: Blue Soul

Read "Blue Soul" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Germany's WDR Big Band has welcomed a great variety of musicians such as Fred Hersch, Michel Camilo, Ambrose Akinmusire and Jimmy Heath as guest soloists over the years. On this occasion they provide an invigorating backdrop for the springy and soulful guitar of Dave Stryker. The set list on this CD finds Stryker and ...

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Dave Stryker with Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band: Blue Soul

Read "Blue Soul" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Bob Mintzer had an idea. The renowned tenor saxophonist, who serves as principal conductor of Cologne, Germany's world-class WDR Big Band, had made several appearances as guest artist with guitarist Dave Stryker's New York-based organ trio and was so impressed that he thought it would be a good idea to re-orchestrate some of Stryker's music for ...


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