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Paul Bollenback: Invocation

There are many adjectives that spring to mind while listening to guitarist Paul Bollenback and company on Invocation, though three words-soulful, sophisticated and spiritual-keep rising to the top of the list.

The self-penned opener “Dancing Leaf,” distinguished by harmonized guitar and trumpet lines, hip chordal movement and a blend of chromatic tacks and bluesy inflections, not only sets the mood; it reminds us that Bollenback has always been capable of presenting his soul-jazz influences in a thoroughly modern context when the tune called for it. And that’s often the case on this release, Bollenback’s seventh solo recording.

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