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Andy Brown: Soloist

When programming the selection of tunes on his latest CD, Soloist, Chicago-based guitarist Andy Brown couldn’t have chosen a more enticing opener than his fingerstyle take on “Dancing in the Dark.” Or a more telling one, for it certainly suggests pleasures to come.

Introducing the standard with an articulate and elegant touch, Brown crafts a consistently alluring performance. The rubato opening, the artful embellishments, the sleek improvisations, the subtle comping, the sparkling harmonics that light up the coda: All add to this opening cut’s lyricism and charm-so much so, in fact, that there are times when the familiar refrain, or a light-fingered variation, seems to be dancing in mid-air.

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