Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Howard Alden, Jimmy Bruno, Frank Vignola|
Concord Jazz Guitar Collective
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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A Marvelous Recording
stranger2himself | Down Here | 11/16/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Everyone I've known who loves jazz has had a few "personal favorite" solos from their favorite artists that just seem to stand out from all the rest. You can listen to hundreds of great solos and enjoy them all, but there are a few that NEVER fail to make the back of your neck tingle or bring tears to your eyes. These are the ones in which every note, every bit of dynamic shading, every rhythmic articulation strikes you as being PERFECT--a small masterpiece of composition. Among guitar players, Jim Hall & Wes Montgomery seem to have achieved this level of genius more than their fair share of times. WELL, this recording contains one of those rare "in the zone" solos. On "Song D'Autumne", a Django tune, after the opening chorus, Jimmy Bruno unleashes about 1 minute and 30 seconds worth of the most glorious sounding improvisation I have ever heard in more than 25 years of listening to jazz. Unbelieveably swinging. Incredibly melodic. Powerful.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that Frank Vignola is not showcased enough. That would be tough, though, alongside Howard Alden and Jimmy Bruno. Not that there's anything remotely bad on the disc--no. It's a great recording, that just happens to contain a solo worthy of the best ever."
Don Steiny | Santa Cruz, CA USA | 05/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD has a mix of electric and acoustic, slow and fast. It is always interesting and one of the best over all jazz guitar albums I have heard."
Bomojaz | South Central PA, USA | 02/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Of all Howard Alden's Concord CDs, this is his best and is certainly my favorite. Everything works here: the choice of tunes is perfect and the playing impeccable. Almost all the tunes are taken up or medium-up tempo, and they all swing like mad. There is an especially inspired and cooking version of Jimmy Giuffre's "Four Brothers" composition (made famous first by Woody Herman, of course), and of a catchy and swinging Sam Jones tune called "Bittersweet," which is a blues with an 8-bar bridge. Very nice and highly recommended."