The notes to this recording make much of its ostensible association with "Jazzgrass." The title of the disc, Wild Rice, is a nod to Tony Rice, one of the founding fathers of the trend to blend jazz and bluegrass. I am not going to go so far as to define this as jazz. I am going to commit that it is a damn fine recording of two very talented and very different guitar players.
Paul Bourdeau wrote nine of the twelve selections on the recording. His playing is contradictory, being both impressionistic and muscular, as are his songs. Shane Simpson, on the other hand, is more finesse-oriented. The most beautiful piece on the disc, "Malcolm’s Manifesto," is his composition, revealing a hopeful sadness that is both poignant and expressive.
Wild Rice, while misrepresented, is a very fine recording. It will appeal to those proponents of David Grisman, Bele Fleck, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, and Nickel Creek. This is a super springtime soundtrack.
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.