Maybe Maryland-based guitarist Carl Filipiak doesn’t covet stardom, or maybe it’s his artistic decisions that have kept him from guitar-hero status during a 20-year solo recording career. He’s never lacked the technical talent, or the surrounding cast. Yet his best CD, Hotel Reál (with saxophonists Bob Berg and Gary Thomas and drummers Dennis Chambers and Will Calhoun), is 10 years old. Filipiak’s latest release, I Got Your Mantra, features another appearance by his Maryland homeboy Chambers, whose ever-stellar playing helps salvage a misguided and retreaded concept.
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