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Will Ackerman – FLOW – LMB Music

Will Ackerman – FLOW – LMB Music

Will Ackerman – FLOW – LMB Music 11006, 50:33 ****1/2: With three instruments and bona fide gravitas as instrumentalists, Flow is a group of established solo artists who have joined together to share a specific musical vision. Will Ackerman, Windham Hill founder and producer may be the most recognized member of Flow (whose spelling is […]

Bill Frisell – Music Is – Okeh

Bill Frisell – Music Is – Okeh

A master of Americana music… Bill Frisell – Music Is – Okeh/Sony Masterworks 19075815002 – 58:44 – ****: (Bill Frisell – electric and acoustic guitars; loops; bass; ukulele, music boxes) Bill Frisell is a guitarist for all seasons. He fits in as the ultimate guitar sideman. His tastes are eclectic and cover rock, country, jazz, […]

Wes Montgomery – Wes Montgomery In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recordings – Resonance Records 

Wes Montgomery – Wes Montgomery In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recordings – Resonance Records 

Wes Montgomery – Wes Montgomery In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recordings – Resonance Records HCD-2032 (2-CD box), 102:47 ****1/2 (Wes Montgomery – guitar; Harold Mabern – piano; Arthur Harper Jr. – double bass; Jimmy Lovelace – drums; with special guest Johnny Griffin – tenor saxophone) In November, Resonance Records released a rare live recording of […]

Raoul Björkenheim/eCsTaSy – Doors of Perception – Cuneiform

Raoul Björkenheim/eCsTaSy – Doors of Perception – Cuneiform

Not your typical prog-jazz fusion. Raoul Björkenheim/eCsTaSy – Doors of Perception [TrackList follows] – Cuneiform, Rune 443 43:05 [10/6/17] ****: (Raoul Björkenheim – electric 6-string guitar, electric 12-string guitar, producer; Pauli Lyytinen – soprano, tenor, alto and bass saxophone, wood flute; Jori Huhtala – double bass; Markku Ounaskari – drums, percussion) Finnish-American guitarist Raoul Björkenheim […]

Rez Abbasi & Invocation – Unfiltered Universe – Whirlwind

Rez Abbasi & Invocation – Unfiltered Universe – Whirlwind

Rez Abbasi & Invocation – Unfiltered Universe [TrackList follows] – Whirlwind WR4713, 50:00 [11/10/17] ****: A heady infusion of ‘creative music with a jazz weighting’. (Rez Abbasi – guitar, co-mixer, producer; Rudresh Mahanthappa – alto saxophone; Vijay Iyer – piano; Johannes Weidenmueller – double bass; Dan Weiss – drums; Elizabeth Mihael – cello) Things inevitably […]

Thanos MITSALAS: Tribute – Clear Note 

Thanos MITSALAS: Tribute – Clear Note 

Thanos MITSALAS: Tribute – Clear Note 75681, 65:07 (9/12/17) ****: Outstanding guitar artistry in a presentation of several first-rate contemporary works—Assad, York, Piazzolla—as well as a stupendous Alexandre Tansman “Scriabin Variations.” (Thanos Mitsalas; guitar) In the liner notes to this 2017 release by the Greek guitarist Thanos Mitsalas, we are told that the artist is […]

Escaper – Skeleton Key – Ropeadope

Escaper – Skeleton Key – Ropeadope

Escaper – Skeleton Key – Ropeadope, 33:46 [5/12/17] ***1/2: Jam/jazz interplay from a Brooklyn quintet. (Will Hanza – guitar; Jay Giacomazzo – bass; Andrew Nesbitt – drums; Adam Ahuja – keyboards; Johnny Butler – saxophones) [MP3 only at time of review] Brooklyn-based quintet Escaper fits into the nebulous area where jam band music, jazz and […]

Narciso YEPES: The Complete Solo Recordings, works by BACH, VILLA_LOBOS, POULENC, SOR, SCARLATTI, RODRIGO, TARREGA – Narisco YEPES (guitar) – Deutsche Grammophon  

Narciso YEPES: The Complete Solo Recordings, works by BACH, VILLA_LOBOS, POULENC, SOR, SCARLATTI, RODRIGO, TARREGA – Narisco YEPES (guitar) – Deutsche Grammophon  

Narciso YEPES: The Complete Solo Recordings (20cds) Spanische Guitarrenmusik vol. 1&2; Fernando Sor: 24 Etuden; Musica Espanola;  Bach/Weiss;  Hietor Villa-Lobos: 12 Etuden; Rendezvous mit Narciso Yepes; Musica Catalan; Werke fur Laute ; Bach: Werke fur Laute vol. 1&2;  Poulenc/Brouwer, etc; Guitarra Romantica; Guitarrenmusik 20th Century; Gitarrenmusik aus funf Jahrhunderten; Tarrega: Recuerdos; Domenico Scarlatti; Rodrigo: Trez […]

SCHUMANN/MERTZ: Piano/Guitar Double Album Review

SCHUMANN/MERTZ: Piano/Guitar Double Album Review

SCHUMANN – Davidbundlertanze, Humoreske, Blumenstück – Luca Buratto – Hyperion 68186, 64:58 ( 4/28/17) ****: Johann Kaspar MERTZ: “The Last Viennese Virtuoso” – Frank Bungarten (ten string guitar) MDG SACD 905, 67:10, (4/14/17) ****: Two Biedermeier recitals for solo instruments representing the intimate musical aesthetic of the domestic salon. The recordings under review here are […]