There are so many jazz guitarists operating in the same general musical terrain that it takes something special for any one them to have a chance of standing out. In Almquist’s case, his strongest suits are his warm sound and his strongly melodic phrasing. Too many guitarists (including some of the most celebrated) are really just stringing licks together. Two obvious exceptions, Jimmy Raney and Rene Thomas, seem so involved in their beautiful lines that they don’t give attention to an attractive guitar sound. Almquist isn’t quite in that class but he has the chance, and that sound is a big plus.
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