Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Mark Whitfield is a throwback. In an era when most jazz guitarists favor a brash, metallic tone, Whitfield is the soul of mellowness. Playing a hollow-body Gibson, the 26-year-old gets a soothing, almost acoustic tone from... more »
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Mark Whitfield is a throwback. In an era when most jazz guitarists favor a brash, metallic tone, Whitfield is the soul of mellowness. Playing a hollow-body Gibson, the 26-year-old gets a soothing, almost acoustic tone from his electric instrument. His new album, "True Blue," is devoted to "a true mix of jazz and blues," as the liner notes put it, but even in the earthy genre of the blues, Whitfield sounds tastefully laid-back. Joining Whitfield on his first recording for Verve are three members of the Branford Marsalis Quartet (and the Tonight Show Band)--pianist Kenny Kirkland, drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts and saxophonist Marsalis--as well as bassist Rodney Whitaker and trumpeter Nicholas Payton. In terms of technique, Whitfield has no problem holding his own in this company, for his timing is impeccable and his solos are inventive and well shaped. In terms of projecting his own personality, however, this self-effacing bandleader is all too easily overshadowed by his guests. For example, on "Immanuel the Redeemer," one of three Whitfield compositions inspired by his religious beliefs, Whitfield's opening solo is skillful but it has none of the swagger and passion of the Marsalis and Kirkland solos which follow. Randy Weston's "Berkshire Blues" is a very romantic approach to the blues, but Whitfield's dazzling 16th-note runs have none of the sensuality of Kirkland's piano solo nor even the dramatic tension of Watts's drum fills. The seven Whitfield originals are supplemented by blues written by John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Charlie Parker. --Geoffrey Himes
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THE jazz guitar album of the 90s.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a longstanding fan of Wes Montgomery's music, I was knocked out when I listened to Mark's stunning, insuperable performance for the first time. Since then, I'v been replaying this album -probably the most varied jazz guitar album ever -a zillion times, always discovering new subtleties. Thanks, Mark, you've done a service to mankind."
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Mita | Amsterdam | 08/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an amazing cd. Every jazz fan should have this cd in their collection. I have this cd more than 10 years and i get amazed every time i hear it. Mark and the ohter musicians focus on playing together rather than doing their own thing. If you concentrate you can listen to one instrument at the time. Its like they talk to each other. The sounds are very clear and the players are at their best. I think its the combination of these players together that makes it what it is. If you listen to the other cd's of Mark you will noticed that his technique is better or the same but the result does not come close to True Blue. True the years i have learned that every number one this cd is my favourit.....go Mark..."