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Album Review

Contemporary jazz being the fickle world it is, even a hugely popular artist who takes a few years between releases had better re-emerge with something pretty explosive to get the ball rolling again. Canadian guitarist Brian Hughes emerges from an undeserved three-year label limbo with a fresh, exotic fire in his belly on the global village of Straight to You, which marks Higher Octave Music's first official foray into truly adventurous jazz fusion. The radio-friendly fare is there, of course, but it's the way Hughes evokes Wes Montgomery while weaving a seductive stew of Latin, Brazilian, Middle Eastern, and funky blues into both pop and jazz contexts that makes this a genre-busting classic. Wherever he's been traveling over the years with Celtic songstress Loreena McKennitt has given Hughes inspiration to splash tropical here, flamenco meets Middle Eastern there, and Brazilian just for the weekend. While both of his guitars mesmerize, it's the go-for-broke band interaction (particularly his chemistry with pianist Les Portelli) that makes this a hearty return to form.

Biography

Born: 1955

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s

A versatile guitarist with a sound of his own, Brian Hughes creates unclassifiable music that is both accessible and at times adventuruous. He grew up in Alberta, Canada and studied at Grant McKewan College in Edmonton and the Banff School of Fine Arts. In 1981 he moved temporarily to Los Angeles where he studied at the Guitar Institute. In 1987 Hughes relocated to Toronto. Since then Brian Hughes...
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Straight to You, Brian Hughes
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  • 69,00 kr
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Fusion
  • Released: 01 January 1995

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