Rlding The Curve - Randy Johnston - $15
All or Nothing at All
Pat and Wes The Cooker
Randy Johnston, guitar
Jim Rotondi, trumpet
Wayne Coniglio, bass trombone
Eric Alexander, tenor sax
Nick Brignola, baritone sax
Xavier Davis, piano
Nat Reeves, bass
Kenny Washington, drums
On Homage, his second date as a leader on J Curve, guitarist Randy Johnston pays tribute to several of his musical mentors. His flawless playing showcased amidst settings for an ensemble including trumpet, tenor sax, baritone sax and trombone, by arranger Rick Shemaria, Randy and his fellow musicians perform and reinterpret compositions by George Benson, Jimi Hendrix, Kenny Burell, Dexter Gordon, Warne Marsh and others. Among a new generation of master jazz guitarists, Randy is setting a new standard of excellence. There is also a pair of tributes composed by the leader: Pat and Wes (for Martino and Montgomery) and Cedar's Place (for Cedar Walton) as well as songs associated with Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles.
"Jazz lovers call him 'The Falcon'... At times, as if suspended in mid-flight, playing off the rhythm below, the Falcon observes, listens and searches for the slightest updraft... Gaining momentum and soaring high above... he plummets, producing a jet stream of three octave passages of melodious current. His graceful flight and tasteful playing becomes more evident as he shows great respect for the masters..."
Jim LaDiana, Vintage Guitar
"RJ's deep blues-drenched experience merges well with deep-rooted swing ahead jazz, peppered with occasional gospel and funky tinges --- all woven into appealing melodic lines... His grooves are created with high density lyricism and the singability of his lines pulls his listeners into joining him... Randy Johnston has etched his own career trail and signature with conspicuous daybright excellence."
Dr. Herb Wong, Jazz Educators Journal (IAJE), KJAZ-FM alumnus
"A more superior homage one couldn't ask for..."
Chris Hovan, www.allaboutjazz.com
"Homage by Randy Johnston is the guitarist's most ambitious and satisfying effort to date."
Jim Fisch, 20th Century Guitar
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