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Vernon Neilly and G-Fire: G-Fire II

Vernon Neilly is a Southern Californian guitarist who runs his own label from the Inland Empire town of Rialto. He’s one of the growing number of smooth-jazz musicians who use their own wile and pluck to get their music heard-and his music is worth hearing. Neilly released this CD online a while back, but it’s only now started to make the charts as it’s been redistributed and become more widely available.

Neilly’s first CD was marketed simply as G-Fire and featured him and other longtime studio and touring guitarists Miguel Mega, Kevin Chokan and Morris O’Connor. On G-Fire II, Neilly gets more credit: Mega and Chokan play on a few tunes, but O’Connor is gone and in his place is respected jazz guitarist Mark Whitfield, who really leaves his mark on this project. Some songs feature Whitfield exclusively, while Neilly gets the spotlight on others. They don’t play on the same songs.

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