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The Benedetto Players and the Guild Masters: In Concert

Four superb players are showcased in this Classic American Guitar Show concert. Jack Wilkins opens with stunning Joe Pass-inspired solo performances of “Autumn in New York” and Johnny Mandel’s “Emily,” played on his Bob Benedetto guitar. He is joined by chopsmeister Jimmy Bruno for a swinging rendition of Cole Porter’s “Love for Sale” and a lively version of Wilkins’ “For Baden.” Bruno also shines in the solo spot with his own Pass-ian take on “Satin Doll” along with a Bach-inspired interpretation of “All the Things You Are,” performed on his Benedetto 7-string with low B.

John Pisano performs a lovely rendition of “More Than You Know” with his wife, vocalist Jeanne Pisano, and also offers a virtuosic solo turn on his own harmonically rich ballad “Amanhecer.” He then joins with fellow Guild player Randy Johnston for a swinging version of Denzil Best’s bop anthem, “Wee,” before Johnston reveals his great command with chordal melodies on a solo rendition of “These Foolish Things.” All four great guitarists gather onstage for a rousing finale on Johnny Smith’s “Walk Don’t Run.”

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