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Gearhead: Dave Stryker’s Plex-able Guitar Mods

For nearly 30 years, Dave Stryker has been nearly inseparable from his Gibson ES-347s. “I saw Marvin Horne playing one at the Village Vanguard with Elvin Jones,” he explained while touring to promote his latest release, Eight Track III (Strikezone), on which he covers an assortment of ’70s pop tunes with the help of organist … Read More “Gearhead: Dave Stryker’s Plex-able Guitar Mods”

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Jared Gold: Reemergence (Strikezone)

Organist Jared Gold, guitarist Dave Stryker, and drummer Billy Hart, augmented by trumpeter Jeremy Pelt on three tracks, prove there’s still some life in the venerable B-3 jazz combo. The opening title track sets the tone: Gold is his usual deep-grooved self; Pelt summons a blunt-edged aggressiveness that somewhat belies his well-known Milesian proclivities; Stryker, … Read More “Jared Gold: Reemergence (Strikezone)”

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Dave Stryker: Messin’ With Mr. T

The bluesy, soulful guitarist Dave Stryker played in tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine’s band from 1986 through 1995. On Messin’ With Mr. T, he invites 10 tenor players, organist Jared Gold, drummer McClenty Hunter and, on six tracks, percussionist Mayra Casales to join him in a tribute to the late “Mister T.” The tenormen, ranging in … Read More “Dave Stryker: Messin’ With Mr. T”

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Dave Stryker: Eight Track

“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. … Read More “Dave Stryker: Eight Track”

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