Several tracks on guitarist Rodney Jones’ fourth album as a leader mine the George Benson-CTI Records sound: “Light and Shadows,” “Tradewinds,” and “Dreamers in Love,” for example. Maybe I’ve been listening to too many blues guitarists lately, but Jones seems to play many pieces with an emotional evenness, whether it’s a Coltrane-ish “My Favorite Things” or the softer Benson-flavored pieces. Maybe I’m feeling the need for a more soulful focus. Anyway, as an improviser, Jones exhibits clean picking, sequential development, and a flair for stair-stepping lines built on fourths.
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