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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 love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com