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Gary Wittner: Roadway

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Gary Wittner, a Berklee graduate who specializes in playing Thelonious Monk on guitar, intersperses his album with originals and highly quirky solo acoustic guitar readings of country and folk tunes. Although the music is exceptionally well played (with the occasional support of bass-clef specialist Howard Johnson) and often fascinating, the net result is a vibe that comes off as a bit disjointed and overly academic.