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Jonathan Kreisberg : The South of Everywhere

Jonathan Kreisberg

Since moving to New York in 1998, Kreisberg has been winning over guitar aficionados with his extraordinarily clean articulation, remarkable sax-like fluency, harmonic daring and rhythmically assured burn. On his sixth and most accomplished outing as a leader, the guitarist showcases his considerable chops and unique writing style in separate trio and quintet settings. Kreisberg’s warm-toned flow of notes cascades effortlessly over the myriad changes on his involved heads, which he often plays in unison with alto saxophonist Will Vinson. Together, their tight execution on pieces like the relaxed, midtempo swinger “Strange Resolution” and the complex, metrically shifting “Altered Ego” recalls the kindred hookup between guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and his alter ego, tenor saxophonist Mark Turner.

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