The math is simple: three guitarists; 10 tracks; and five vocalists, each exploring two love songs, one vintage and one more contemporary. The three players-Perry Smith, Jeff Stein and John Storie, collectively know as New West Guitar Group-have been together for a dozen years with six previous albums and one concert DVD to their credit. By now they’re masters of their caressing, cascading sound, best categorized as chamber jazz. Their overarching mellowness (dexterously peppered, now and again, with Gypsy fire, flamenco zest and steel-string twang) suits their quintet of world-class guests-Tierney Sutton, Becca Stevens, Gretchen Parlato, Sara Gazarek and a lone male, New York Voices’ Peter Eldridge-just fine, providing deftly constructed beds for their vocals.
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