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Joe Puma may be a peripheral jazz guitarist, but he possesses world-class chops on this 1999 outing. A former replacement for Tal Farlow in Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five, Puma shows a strong chord melody style on the heads and flexible improvisation utilizing single string lines and block chording. With only Murray Wall on bass and Eddie Locke on drums, Puma negotiates his way through a set of jazz standards like "I'll Remember April," "Sweet Sue," and the title track with consummate ease and flair. If you love traditional jazz guitar with a strong sense of melody, this one's right up your alley.


Born: 13 August 1927 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

A superior guitarist for a half-century, Joe Puma had a steady if low-profile career, uplifting many sessions without getting famous himself. Puma came from a musical family (several relatives played guitar) and his first major job was with vibraphonist Joe Roland (1949-1950). In the 1950s Puma appeared on many recording sessions including with Roland, Louie Bellson, Artie Shaw & His Gramercy Five (1954), Eddie Bert, Herbie Mann, Mat Mathews, Chris Connor, and Paul Quinichette. Puma was seemingly...
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