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Joachim Schonecker: Common Language

Barely into his 30s, this German guitarist from Koln fluently swings his way through an 11-tune set with the help of pianist Larry Fuller, drummer Jeff Hamilton, and bassist John Goldsby. And while Schoneker’s tone and presence on the recording leave something to be desired, he compensates with well-placed phrases and the sense that he’s really improvising instead of just playing by the numbers.

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