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New Guitar Summit: Shivers

Shivers boasts two surprises: a pair of vocal cameos by Randy Bachman (ex-Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive), who tips his fedora to Mose Allison via low-key interpretations of “Your Mind Is on Vacation” and “Everybody’s Crying Mercy.”

Bracketing these performances is what fans of NGS have come to expect: a series of seamless and swinging arrangements that showcase the dovetailing artistry of guitarists Jay Geils, Gerry Beaudoin and Duke Robillard. If the album’s title cut, the Benny Goodman Sextet tune composed by Charlie Christian and Lionel Hampton, best captures the trio’s trademark blend of verve, precision and interplay, there’s no shortage of rivals. Take, for example, the nimbly woven performances of the swing-era anthems “Flying Home” and “Honeysuckle Rose.”

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