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Dave Stryker: Eight Track

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“Wichita Lineman,” written in 1968 by Jimmy Webb and made famous that same year by Glen Campbell, has become a bona fide jazz standard in recent years, with gorgeous renditions by Cassandra Wilson, John Hollenbeck and Pete Robbins, to name a few. Now comes Dave Stryker, who turns the haunting ballad into a slow groover. The transformation captures perfectly the ethos of Stryker’s new album, Eight Track, a celebration of music from the golden era of AM radio. As Stryker tells it in the liner notes, these 11 songs were some of his favorites back when he was tooling around in a 1969 GMC van, popping eight-track tapes in and out of the console.

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