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Excellent, and very personal Solo Jazz Guitar

A beautiful set, recorded in an intimate setting. Peter plays these songs (some with their underplayed verses) in such a way, he transcends the instrument. Rather than likening this to a typical solo guitar record, I would compare it to something like a live at Maybeck disc. He plays melody and harmony with a pick, which adds to the dynamic range of the guitar in this setting, and distinguishes this from something like a Joe Pass record - played mostly with fingers. Peter's technique puts melody on the forefront, something I think is lost in many solo guitar performances. Everyone who is interested in jazz should check this out, deeply. Guitarists like myself will delight in this record, especially.

One of a kind solo jazz guitar…

Peter Bernstein has long been a unique voice in jazz music, and this album provides listeners a fresh, unfiltered view of his approach. Bernstein weaves beautiful melodic lines through rich harmonies and lush chord voicings. The rubato intros on many of the tunes artfully set the tone for a gracefully stated melody, leading way to some swinging improvisations where the time is thick and one can almost hear the rhythm section. In this solo setting, Bernstein's harmonic freedom and inventiveness is readily apparent both as he pays homage to Monk and Coltrane with renditions of their compositions as well as on a set of standards. An intimate recording and bare bones look at a great artist that makes you feel like you're sitting in the front row at Small's in New York City.


Genre: Jazz

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

Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein was born September 3, 1967, in New York City. He got his first break while attending the New School when he met Jim Hall, who recruited him for a concert of guitarists as part of the 1990 JVC Jazz Festival in New York. The show was recorded by MusicMasters and issued as Live at Town Hall, Vol. 2. Bernstein quickly began playing with other jazz musicians, notably appearing on albums by Lou Donaldson, Michael Hashim, Larry Goldings, Mel Rhyne, Jesse Davis, and Geoff Keezer....
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