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Album Review

Guitarist Jimmy Ponder is most closely associated with soul-jazz organ groups, so this quartet outing with pianist John Hicks, bassist Dwayne Dolphin, and drummer Cecil Brooks III is a happy surprise. During the bop-oriented set, Ponder takes a few numbers (including the opening "JP") unaccompanied, works well with Hicks (with whom he had not performed previously), and shows that he can play bop as well as almost anyone. Highlights of the superior straight-ahead set include "They Can't Take That Away from Me," "Love Theme from Spartacus," "The End of a Beautiful Friendship," and the Grover Washington, Jr.-associated "Mister Magic."


Born: 10 May 1946 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

An excellent guitarist with a soulful sound and the ability to uplift any funky jazz date, Jimmy Ponder has appeared on many recordings during his long career, over 80 as a sideman and 15 as a leader. Ponder began playing guitar when he was 14 and considers Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell to be his two main early influences and Wes Montgomery later on. Offered a job with Charles Earland after having only played guitar three years, Ponder waited until he graduated from high school and then spent...
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 15 October 1997

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