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John Scofield Renews the Jazz Guitar Trio on 'Swallow Tales'

The jazz guitar trio is a classic format, and John Scofield, Steve Swallow, and Bill Stewart are as well-equipped to venerate it and renew it a bit on Swallow Tales.

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Kevin Eubanks: The Messenger

Over the course of 11 tracks, Eubanks exhibits preeminent musicianship and the upmost artistry.

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Wes Montgomery: Echoes of Indiana Avenue

Other than a crackling record on a turntable, there is perhaps nothing more satisfying to a jazz aficionado than the release of never-before-heard material from a great player.

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Nels Cline: Dirty Baby

Just when I thought Nels Cline couldn't get any more challenging or confrontational, he goes and makes an album like this.

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Pat Martino: El Hombre

A lovely Rudy Van Gelder-remastered reissue of the great guitarist's solo debut, a 1967 date with organ, flute, and speed

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Pat Martino: Think Tank

Martino's new release Think Tank is likely to raise more than a few eyebrows, as it marks a return to the modal-flavored hard bop upon which his reputation is largely based.

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Pat Martino: Live at Yoshi's

Martino, whose career stretches right back to supplying rock 'n' roll licks for the likes of Chubby Checker and Bobby Darin, first made his mark playing with some of the '60s' best known organ combos. Even the most nostalgically inclined will have to admit that this current line-up is the equal to any of them. But remember -- PLAY IT LOUD.

Maurice Bottomley
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