String Jazz continues its crusade to bring to the public
the finest in guitar jazz. The emphasis with this UK label is
on quality, not quantity. So when a new release becomes
available, both jazz fans in general and especially those who
favor the stringed instrument, should rush to snatch it up.
This time it's the guitar styling of Greg Clayton that's
getting the attention as he is joined by fellow Canadians Dave
Young and Jerry Fuller for a three day stint at Café Boomers.
Those who have seen Clayton in action say that he closes his
eyes while strumming his guitar, heavily concentrating on
getting subtle harmonies from his instrument. While he is
considered one who applies modern techniques to American
popular songs, he remains steeped in the tradition of the
great lyrical and melodic string players like Tal Farlow, Joe
Pass and Herb Ellis. This heritage is validated on a medium
tempo "I Thought about You" and a lovely version of a Kurt
Weill/Ira Gershwin tune that not played all that much, "This
Is New", written for the 1941 musical Lady in the Dark.
Dave Young's bass gets a thorough, tasteful workout on this
track. But the gold star track is "My Shining Hour" where the
quartet comes together in a rendition of this standard which
can best be described as breathtaking.
The only reservation, and it is a very slight one, is that
from time to time Jerry Fuller's drums get a bit busy.
Sometimes more subdued is better. This occasional minor
annoyance notwithstanding, this is album is recommended.
~ Dave Nathan
Track Listing: This Is New; There Is no Greater
Love; You Don't Know What Love Is; You've Changed; My Shining
Hour; Misdemeanor; Ghost of a Chance; I Thought about You
Personnel: Greg Clayton - Guitar; Dave Young - Bass;
Jerry Fuller - Drums