It’s jazz guitarists all the way on this show……
- Eivind Aarset – Empathic Guitar – Light Extracts (2001) a long time collaborator with the great Nils Petter Molvaer Norse, progressive jazz guitarist Eivind Aarset’s debut album Electronique Noire set a new standard for fusion music. His sound is full of as invention and articulation,and steers away from the histrionoc noodling that is associated with fusion. On this his second album he puts himself well in the lead as an interpreter and deliverer of new jazz.
- Mike Stern – After All – Time in Place (1988) – sophisticated merging of jazz and rock from Stern’s second album.
- Miles Davis – U’ n’ I – Star People – an album featuring two guitarists that bookend this track on the show. Stern who takes a more rock approach and Scofield who delivers the jazz chops. I saw this band at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1983 where Miles was getting back into this stride after a long lay off.
- John Scofield – Hammock Soliloquy – En Route(2004) – following a series of funk oriented albums for Verve, Scofield stripped down to a trio for this live session at New York’s Blue Note club in December 2003. Featuring drummer Bill Stewart, and bassist Steve Swallow, this is a scorching set of modern jazz . “Hammock Soliloquy” varies between another of Scofield’s laid-back, country style and high tempo jazz workouts.
- Brian Blade – Perceptual – Perceptual (2000) With this second date from the Brian Blade’s Fellowship band, the drummer demonstrates his skills as a bandleader and composer. New guitarist to the band Kurt Rosenwinkel adds dynamic colors, and the solos from pedal steel player Dave Easley are exquisite.
- Emily Remler – Transition – Transition (1983) Emily’s death at the early of age 32 from a heart attack was a shock to the jazz world, and a sad waste. She was just beginning to emerge from the Wes Montgomery influence and develop her own sound, as evidenced by this third release on the Concorde lable.
- James Blood Ulner – Lonely Woman – Music Speaks Louder Than Words (1997) this one got mixed reviews when it came out but always interesting hear Ulmer and especially when he interprets the work of his mentor Ornette Coleman.
- Miles Davis – Orange – Aura (1989) – the great man’s last recording for the Columbia label before moving to Warner Bros, in the mid-’80s was not released until 1989. It’s a ten-part suite composed by Danish flügelhornist Palle Mikkelborg as a tribute. It used a full orchestra and the guitar talents of former Miles collaborator John McLaughlin.
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