Nate Guidry

Nate’s Contributions


May 2000    Albums

Ballads and Blues: The Brooklyn Session
Rodney Whitaker Quintet

Whitaker has emerged into one of jazz's great young bassists. Ballads and Blues is his dedication to the memories of his inspirations, Paul Chambers and George Duvivier, but the recording also provides a glimpse into his own musical personality, which includes...


May 2000    Albums

Remembering Thomas
Mario Pavone/Nu Trio

Nu Trio features bassist Pavone, drummer Matt Wilson and pianist Peter Madsen performing 11 of the most compositionally inspiring songs to come along in some time. Pavone, who was the founder of the Creative Musicians Improvising Forum, has also worked with...


May 2000    Albums

Against All Odds
Curtis Lundy

Despite performing in the bands of Betty Carter, Art Blakey and Pharoah Sanders, bassist Curtis Lundy remains somewhat of a secret. But Against All Odds should swing the Miami native out of obscurity. What piques the interest throughout is the interplay...

April 2000    Hearsay

Los Hombres Calientes

Jason Marsalis had no great expectations for Los Hombres Calientes’ Volume 1, the precursor to the group’s latest, Volume 2, on the Basin Street Records label. Volume 1 had come about quickly, if not haphazardly. The group, which also features trumpeter...


December 1999    Albums

One Step Closer
Norman Hedman and Tropique

Now and then, you discover or, in this instance, rediscover someone you have long since forgotten. As a percussionist, Hedman is formidable and One Step Closer should finally position him to become one of jazz' most enduring. To be sure, his beats haven...


November 1999    Albums

First Songs
Ruth Cameron

Part of the pleasure of listening to jazz is just when you think you've got it figured out, something fresh emerges. First Songs is Ruth Cameron's coming out party and the seven tunes prove excellent for her intimate lyricism. It's too bad the recording...


November 1999    Albums

Like Song, Like Weather
Norma Winstone/John Taylor

Like Song, Like Weather shows that British-born Winstone has all the stuff all great jazz vocalists need: timing, intonation, dynamics and richly expressive voice. And it doesn't hurt that pianist/arranger John Taylor, who was a paragon of dependability...


November 1999    Albums

The Tender Trap
Janis Siegel

The Tender Trap, arranged by pianist Fred Hersch, is a wide-ranging, diverse program that exposes the many facets of Siegel. The recording also features cameos by Michael Brecker, Hank Crawford, and Russell Malone. Siegel kicks things off with "That Old...


November 1999    Albums

You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
Christine Hitt

On You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To, Hitt is heard on piano and vocals and is backed by Tom Kennedy, bass; Jeff Hamilton, drum; Todd Strait, drum; Scott Alberici, clarinet; Rick Haydon, guitar; and Ray Kennedy, piano. The recording explores 15 compositions...


November 1999    Albums

Blues, Bop and Ballads
Scott Hamilton and Friends

Blues, Bop & Ballads is Hamilton's 36th Concord recording, and it's arguably one of his strongest to date. Instead of being heard in a quartet, this time around he is featured with groups ranging from a quintet to a seven-piece band. The rhythm section...


November 1999    Briefs

Eu Nao Quero Dancar - I Won't Dance
Harry Allen

Tenor saxophonist Harry Allen taps into the Latin motherlode for his latest release. Backed by Larry Goldings, piano; Dori Caymmi, acoustic guitar, vocal; Joe Cohn, electric guitar; Dennis Irwin, bass; Dudua Da Fonseca, drum; and vocalist Maucha Adner, the...


October 1999    Albums

Down Here Below
Jeffery Smith

There's a buzz about vocalist Jeffery Smith. His critically acclaimed 1998 debut A Little Sweeter caused some heads to turn, and Down Here Below, his latest recording, shouldn't be any different. Smith has quickly become proficient at crafting wonderfully...


October 1999    Albums

Swing Low
Claire Daly

Daly revels in the baritone saxophone's warm tones. She has quietly carved out her stylistic voice, undaunted by the instrument's technical and physical demands. The album also features bassist Dave Hofstra, drummer Peter Grant and pianist Eli Yamin. Tenor...


October 1999    Albums

Luca's Dreams
Nicolas Simion

If you can stay with soprano/tenor saxophonist Simion beyond the first few tracks of Luca's Dreams, his first U.S. recording, you're sure to enjoy what he has to say. The question is, how much pain should you have to absorb to receive a few, fleeting moments...


July/August 1999    Albums

Slide City
Rob Ickes

No one can accuse Ickes, the multi-award-winning dobro player, of being creatively moribund. His dobro swings with fire and desire here, and on Larry Coryell's "Don't Give It Up" he stirs up enough dust to shake a house. But "California Blues" is a parody...


June 1999    Albums

Brazzy Voices
The Brazz Brothers

Any project associated with trumpeter Lester Bowie and percussionist Famoudou Don Moye is a study in musical ethnomusicology-African music and Negro spiritual, Norwegian folk songs and jazz standards fall within their realm of musical explorations. Here...

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