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John Basile: Amplitudes

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Is it possible to overstate John Basile’s flair for the understated? Odds are fans of melodically alluring jazz guitar will be tempted to do just that after giving Amplitudes a spin. This collection of mostly pop and jazz standards is quiet testimony to Basile’s talent, taste and his autonomy, a solo recording that becomes more enjoyable with each listen.

Granted, some of the tune choices aren’t exactly surprising-“Moon River,” “My Funny Valentine” and “Stolen Moments” make the cut-but no matter. Basile’s renditions of even the most oft-performed favorites gathered here are unfailingly inventive, elegant and, in a few instances, sublime. Because he plays three guitars on the album that have distinctive sounds-steel- and nylon-string models-and employs multiple guitar tracks that often contrast picked melodies or improvisations with fingerstyle accompaniment, the arrangements are delightfully textured and woven.

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