COUNTING BEATS

Reviews and Recommended Jazz by Nick Bewsey

Tag: Jazz Guitar

RUSSELL MALONE, LOVE LOOKS GOOD ON YOU

Strong melodies and tight rhythmic interplay distinguish the guitarist Russell Malone, and the memorable music on Love Looks Good On You, glows with a charismatic halo. He knows how to put a recording together and the playlist has an involving flow, starting with a robust original by Mulgrew Miller, the swinging “Soul Leo.” Continue reading

THE MICHAEL BLUM QUARTET, INITIATION

The up-and-coming Michael Blum makes an impressive and vital debut with Initiation, and a persuasive case for straight-ahead guitar jazz. Forgetting for a moment that this precocious 20-year-old New Hampshire native has forged an accessible modern sound with a rooted connection to jazz masters like Kenny Burrell, Barney Kessel and early George Benson, Blum embraces an intimacy with his material and dispatches a thoughtful set list with the surprising sureness of a more experienced musician. Continue reading

BILL FRISELL, GUITAR IN THE SPACE AGE

Guitarist Bill Frisell, 63, is a wonderfully restless musician. Just when you got used to his languid, golden wheat style of Americana jazz, he turns the tables and makes one of his finest albums. Continue reading

ROTEM SIVAN, FOR EMOTIONAL USE ONLY

A TOP JAZZ RECORD OF 2014 and WRTI CD RECOMMENDATION. Speaking of melodic intelligence, an emerging artist like guitarist Rotem Sivan is one reason why listening to jazz is so rewarding.  Read more here www.wrti.org

JACOB YOUNG, FOREVER YOUNG

A guitarist who pulls from jazz and classical traditions, Norwegian-American Jacob Young leads a blissful group on his third ECM disc, Forever Young, and it’s the closest the label has come to producing a pop jazz record. That’s not a slight because the harmonics and earthy arrangements are artfully crafted and too sophisticated to be that smooth, but one or two the album’s spellbinding melodies could find their way on a quiet storm set list thanks to the tuneful interplay between Young and saxophonist Trygve Seim. Continue reading

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