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Jonathan Kreisberg: Shadowless

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The very accomplished guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg has been gradually establishing his rep over the past decade. He’s released a string of potent recordings as a leader, and raised his profile through sideman work with B3 organ maestro Dr. Lonnie Smith. Kreisberg’s latest is a far cry from the smoky ambience of 2009’s serene Night Songs, his ballads collection on Criss Cross. Rather, this vibrant quintet offering is a return to the effervescence and drive of 2007’s The South of Everywhere, his second outing on Mel Bay Records.

Accompanied by a stellar New York crew featuring pianist Henry Hey, alto saxophonist Will Vinson, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Mark Ferber, Kreisberg spins cascading legato lines with a warm, Metheny-esque tone on invigorating originals like the urgent opener, “Twenty One”; the second-line-flavored “The Common Climb,” which has Kreisberg wailing using an electric sitar effect; and the lyrical title track, a bracing piano-guitar duet with Hey.

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