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Roland Guerin: You Don’t Have to See It to Believe It

This time Half Note, the house label for New York’s pricey Blue Note club, has released a studio date and the bright, young New Orleanian bassist Roland Guerin is the beneficiary. Guerin, sans lengthy apprenticeships in learned bands, is another of his generation’s instant bandleaders. Old schoolers may argue with that, but it’s a fact of modern jazz life. And just as factually, Guerin certainly knows his way around his instrument. He’s from the full-bodied, as opposed to fleet-fingered, school of bass playing, laying articulate fingers to gut strings for a nice, thick feel. This is best evidenced by his lovely essay on “I Can’t Get Started,” delivered with the proper sense of relaxation, and succeeded by Brice Winston’s tender, Joe Hendersonesque tenor solo.

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