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Doug Macdonald : Gentle Rain

The veteran West Coast guitarist exhibits a warm, inviting tone, remarkably fluid technique and sure-footed sense of swing on this effortlessly swinging session with bassist Harvey Newmark, drummer Jack Le Compte and the late, great pianist Ross Tompkins (pianist Marty Harris appears on two tracks). MacDonald displays some sophisticated chordal voicings and nimble single-note lines on a beautifully relaxed rendition of “Once in a While” and plays with rare finesse on the beautiful ballad “A Handful of Stars.” He burns a blue streak on up-tempo numbers like “Symphony” and “Idaho,” then demonstrates a real adeptness at unaccompanied solo guitar on the title track, an alluring Luis Bonfa samba.

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