There is as much honesty as there is musicianship on Eddie Diehl’s debut as a leader. The guitarist is so self-effacing that he uses his liner notes-two short paragraphs!-to explain his reluctance in assuming any role other than sideman. Still uncomfortable without a safety net, he insists on Jones sharing top billing with him. Then, sheepishly, he declares, “Well, Here It Is.” And what it is is a totally satisfying, urbane, smoothly swinging conversation among four polished jazz veterans: Along with pianist Jones are bassist John Webber and drummer Mickey Roker. No bells and whistles; no gimmickry. Hell, no arrangements either, just a bit of preplanning.
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