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Guitarist Dave Specter has always straddled the blues / jazz fence with a hip disregard for arbitrary restrictions. On Speculatin’, his sixth Delmark CD, Dave has put his distinctive mark on a collection of outstanding instrumental tunes from all corners of these related genres, tossing in a latin beat and some greasy organ in addition to his unmistakable West Side ...

Review by Michael Erlewine This is an album of real beauty and synergy between Green and pianist Sonny Clark, who along with Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums rounds out the quartet. Green, an expert with standards, offers “Moon River,” “On Green Dolphin Street,” and “Count Every Star.” Tracklist: 1 On Green Dolphin Street 2 Shadrack 3 ...

Review by Scott Yanow Long considered a classic, guitarist Joe Pass’ fourth date as a leader finds him performing music that was composed by Django Reinhardt, was part of his repertoire, or is one of two more recent tributes (John Lewis’ “Django” and Pass’ “For Django”). Pass is joined by the rhythm guitar of John Pisano, bassist Jim Hughart, and ...

Review by Scott Yanow Despite the title of this record by guitarist Herb Ellis, the songs are not all sleepy ballads. In fact, the opening number played by the quartet (which also includes pianist Ross Tompkins, bassist Monty Budwig and drummer Jake Hanna) is a rapid version of “Shine” and there is also an uptempo rendition of “Rosetta” to close ...

 Tracklist A1 The Good Li’l Man A2 Summertime A3 Spanish Scenery A4 When Johnny Comes Marching Home B1 New Rhumba B2 My Man’s Gone Now B3 My Funny Valentine B4 Pedal Point   Credits Bass – Jerry Good Drums – Stan Popper Piano, Flute – Marvin Jenkins Guitar – Barney Kessel Recorded January 9 & 10, 1961 at Contemporary Records’ ...

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