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January/February 2003

Ken Hatfield
Phoenix Rising
Arthur Circle Music

While the electric guitar has long been the preferred ax of jazz players, occasionally a musician comes along who convincingly plays a classical instrument with nylon strings. One such player is Ken Hatfield, whose Phoenix Rising (Arthur Circle) features his own trio and several guest artists. The set offers a representative cross section of his talents, which include writing for solo guitar (the intro to the title track), a knack for Latin rhythms and moods ("Tableau du Souvenir," "Combray") and the ability to swing and even get downright funky ("Yo Es," "Riff for Brother Jack"). Recommended for those with an affinity for the subtle and sublime.

Originally published in January/February 2003
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