Rudy_linka-simple_pleasures_span3
June 2003

Rudy Linka
Simple Pleasures
Midlantic

Berklee's far-reaching influence is evident in the musical evolution of Rudy Linka, who was born in Czechoslovakia and elected to remain in the U.S. after receiving his music education in Boston. On Simple Pleasures (MidLantic), his 10th recording as leader, he's joined by bassist Dan Fabricatore and drummer Kenny Wollesen, a longtime associate. Linka's affinity and familiarity with a wide array of material and genres dictate the project's direction, which moves from an understated version of Joni Mitchell's "California" to a raucous effects-laden original called "Where Is My Delay Pedal?" to the fluent forays on Sam River's "Beatrice" to a novel treatment of "Autumn Leaves," which melds an atypically slow tempo with a rock guitar tone and a jazz approach to the chord changes. Linka's musical stew may be too heavy for those looking for a more pure and lean jazz dish, but the playing is good and hearty.

Originally published in June 2003
BUY THIS ALBUM from Amazon.com
STREAM THIS CD from Rhapsody.com

Add a Comment

You need to log in to comment on this article. No account? No problem!