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Tony Purrone: Six-String Delight

A monster guitarist, Purrone displays his prodigious technique on this celebration of 10 jazz guitar innovators. Accompanied by Harold Danko on piano, Keith Copeland on drums and Avishai Cohen on bass, the longstanding member of The Heath Brothers band bristles with six-string bravado on these straightahead extrapolations.

His take on bop master Jimmy Raney’s “Signal” is warm and full of harmonic complexity yet executed with a hard swinging sense of assuredness. He places Django Reinhardt’s “Fleur d’Ennui” in a more contemporary soul-jazz setting without sacrificing the gypsy guitarist’s mindboggling single note flourishes, then shows ultimate finesse in a graceful reading of Jim Hall’s beautiful ballad “All Across the City.” He makes some daring choices on John McLaughlin’s hypnotic modal piece “Follow Your Heart,” then deals in an earthy soul-jazz bag on Wes Montgomery’s bluesy “Sundown.”

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