Post Tagged with: "Jazz Guitar"

Russell Malone, “Soul Leo” from Love Looks Good on You (2015): One Track Mind

Russell Malone, “Soul Leo” from Love Looks Good on You (2015): One Track Mind

In a rare turn as a leader, Russell Malone reminds us of his canny ability to play with both speed and emotion, power and space.

The Friday Morning Listen: Jim Hall and Ron Carter- Alone Together (1972)

The Friday Morning Listen: Jim Hall and Ron Carter- Alone Together (1972)

When I heard that Jim Hall had died I thought, “Shoot, I was hoping he was gonna live till the ripe old age of…” Of course, I then realized that he had lived that long.

Fareed Haque – Out of Nowhere (2013)

Fareed Haque boasts a pallette accustomed to varied musical tastes. Raised in Chicago by a Chilean mother and a Pakistani father, he grew into roving cross-cultural genius on guitar. But this is not that kind of record.

George Cotsirilos Trio – Variations (2013)

One of the most apparent revelations about Variations is how unprotected it leaves guitarist George Cotsirilos.

Hristo Vitchev and Liubomir Krastev – Rhodopa (2013)

Jazz guitarist Hristo Vitchev lives in San Francisco. He leads several modern jazz formations and his debut album Song For Messambria, released on Orbit in 2009, was well received.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Unquity Road” (1976)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Unquity Road” (1976)

Here we almost have a traditional jazz tune with the head being played followed by the expected improvisations. But on “Unquity Road,” Pat and Jaco work in a kind of near-unison.

Wes Montgomery – So Much Guitar! (1961; 2013 reissue)

Wes Montgomery – So Much Guitar! (1961; 2013 reissue)

Though it’s always existed in the shadow of Wes Montgomery’s earlier Incredible Jazz Guitar, there is much to recommend about this easy-swinging 1961 follow up for Riverside — beginning with his able young sideman Ron Carter.

Joey Stuckey – Mixture (2013)

By creating his Southern-infused jazz sounds, guitarist Joey Stuckey plumbs the depths of genre-splicing on Mixture. His first full-length jazz record, this is an opportunity to dig in to another side

Dan Phillips BKK Trio – Bangkok Edge (2013)

Guitarist, composer and educator Dan Phillips has taken his game to a lot of different places, honing his skills in New York, Chicago, Tokyo, and Bangkok. His experience has served him well

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension – Now Here This (2012)

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension – Now Here This (2012)

Twenty four albums in, and John McLaughlin is still blowing minds — both musically and, with the zen title here, conceptually. Still recording live, even in the digital age, even at the age of 70. Still kicking some serious, serious guitar ass.