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Although guitarist David Becker gained his initial fame as a fusion-oriented guitarist, he has always been a well-rounded player. Early in his career he befriended guitarist/educator Joe Diorio when he attended the Guitar Institute in Hollywood. After knowing each other nearly 25 years, Becker and Diorio recorded a colorful duo set. Their explorations include both standards and Becker's originals, post-bop romps and spacier mood pieces. Most winning are the ways that Becker and Diorio consistently challenge each other and show no fear in stretching themselves. They make such familiar tunes as "All the Things You Are," "Stella By Starlight," and "Summertime" come alive. This superior recording rewards repeated listenings, for it is full of subtle creativity and a wide variety of emotions expressed by a pair of masterful guitarists.

Biography

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A fine fusion and post-bop guitarist, David Becker and his trio (called the David Becker Tribune) recorded four CDs (two apiece for MCA and Blue Moon) in the 1980s and early '90s, and have continued recording into the new millennium. Although the bassist sometimes changed, the drummer has always been David's older brother Bruce Becker. David actually started out playing trumpet but, when Bruce began playing rock in garage bands, David wanted to join in. After six months of practicing guitar, David...
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