Jim Ferguson

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July/August 2004    Gearhead

Saga Gitane Guitars

Arguably no other jazz guitarist has been so blatantly imitated as Django Reinhardt, the Belgian Gypsy whose acoustic work from the mid-1930s to the early 1940s has attained virtual cult status. And while he died in 1953, his spirit lives on, witnessed by...


March 2004    Guitartistry

The Power Trio
Larry Coryell

Captured at Chicago's Jazz Showcase, The Power Trio (HighNote)-headed by guitarist Larry Coryell and featuring bassist Larry Gray and drummer Paul Wertico-reflects the best of live recordings, with its spontaneity and high musical values, while minimizing...


March 2004    Guitartistry

Three Souls
Adam Rafferty Trio

Adam Rafferty plays guitar like a fine watercolorist, something that's apparent from the first track of Three Souls (Consolidated Artists Productions), which features 11 original compositions. More than ably supported by drummer Tomas Fujiwara and bassist...


March 2004    Guitartistry

Jerome Barde

Sift out the Djangophiles and American jazz-based players from other European guitarists, and arguably what's left are iconoclasts with little sense of real tradition like Jerome Barde, whose approach was no doubt honed in the rues, places and bistros of...


March 2004    Guitartistry

The Legacy
Frank Potenza Quartet

Frank Potenza grew up in Rhode Island, attended the Berklee College of Music and began teaching at the University of Southern California in 1995. A year later he occupied the guitar chair (vacated by the fine Los Angeles-based guitarist Ron Eschete) in a...


March 2004    Guitartistry

Lucky Southern
Rudy Linka

Recorded in 2001, the tracks on Lucky Southern (Quinton) feature Rudy Linka, along with John Scofield, John Abercrombie and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Bassist Dan Fabricatore fills out the varying ensembles. With the exception of a fluid acoustic treatment...


March 2004    Guitartistry

Dark Beauty
Issi Rozen

In the same way that the title of Issi Rozen's latest release, Dark Beauty (New Step), conjures somewhat contradictory images, his often sparse and moody music-which benefits from the contributions of pianist Gilad Barkan, bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer...


March 2004    Guitartistry

Ohio Lunch
Dan Faehnle

On Ohio Lunch (Heavywood), Dan Faehnle demonstrates that he's a player to be reckoned with. Moving from trio to quartet settings, he calls upon some fine talent for support and inspiration, including bassist Ben Wolfe and fellow guitarist John Stowell. Technically...


March 2004    Guitartistry

Two in the Pocket
Steve Abshire/Vince Lewis

Steve Abshire and Vince Lewis first met at Virginia's Highlands Jazz Festival in 2002, and the ultimate result was this recording, Two in the Pocket (Noteworthy), a fun romp through a field strewn with chestnuts for the most part. Pianist Robert Redd, drummer...


March 2004    Guitartistry

Red Door Number 11
Garrison Fewell Quartet

Red Door Number 11 (Splasch), the most recent release by Berklee professor Garrison Fewell, is an international affair that features Fewell alongside pianist George Cables as well as with Italian jazz-scene veterans bassist Attilio Zanchi and drummer Gianni...


March 2004    Guitartistry

Giovanni Moltoni

Also from the ranks of the Berklee faculty comes Giovanni Moltoni, whose Openground (C Sharp Squared) also features fellow professors bassist Paul Del Nero and drummer Bob Tamagni. Moltoni's often-inventive original compositions provide a forum for his progressive...


January/February 2004    Albums

John Abercrombie/Andy LaVerne

Although John Abercrombie has done his fair share of experimentation over the years, at the heart of his work is a musicality-as evident throughout Timeline and Animations-that has led him to work with many of the finest musicians in contemporary jazz, including...


January/February 2004    Albums

In a Mellow Tone
Howard Alden/Bucky Pizzarelli

There's more to being a legend than just living long enough; you've got to have the résumé and chops to back it up. Now pushing 80, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli certainly has both. An East Coast studio, club and concert stalwart for several decades, he's played...


January/February 2004    Albums

Acoustic Romance
Gene Bertoncini

While electric instruments dominate the jazz guitar world, a minority of players choose to use the acoustic nylon-string, not only for its sonic properties but also because it more agreeably supports fingerstyle technique, which opens up a whole spectrum...


June 2003    Guitartistry

Don't Get Around Much Anymore
George Barnes Quartet

Often overlooked in a sea of more modern-sounding, bebop-oriented guitarists, George Barnes could swing like mad and spin out intricate, frequently bluesy phrases with awesome precision and musicality. One of the earliest electric guitarists, he began his...


June 2003    Guitartistry

Joe Pass

No doubt the mostly widely recorded guitarist in the annals of jazz, the inimitable Joe Pass left dozens of unissued performances, which, happily for fans, continue to be released on the Pablo label under the auspices of Fantasy. This latest posthumous release...

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