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Vic Juris: A Second Look

Vic Juris

What has Vic Juris learned from a career that’s put him in the professional company of the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Phil Woods? Besides the skills and flexibility of a virtuoso guitarist, he’s seemingly gained a sense of humility that leads him to disregard any impulse for the flashy stuff he could surely coax out of his ax. Even his tone-effected subtly with a haze of reverb and chorus-renders his melodies as mirages of sound, dreamy and never clamoring for attention.

On A Second Look, Juris is his usual, laidback self, and a fitting foil to the more outgoing Dave Liebman, who adds his tenor and soprano Coltrane-isms sporadically throughout. Occasionally, as in a sleepy “All the Things You Are,” Juris plays his thoughtful lines on a nylon-string guitar instead of his usual electric.

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