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Album Review

Just as a headstrong young pianist named Oscar Peterson was once humbled by his first exposure to an Art Tatum record, guitarist Steve Masakowski admits to having "a humbling and seemingly life-altering effect" over two decades earlier when his guitar teacher played the record "For Django" by the late virtuoso Joe Pass. Masakowski has developed into a masterful guitarist in his own right in his mid-forties, but he hasn't forgotten the inspiration of the music of Joe Pass. This CD features superb interpretation of "For Django" and another lesser known Pass composition, "I'll Know." Masakowski wrote the blues tribute "I'll Pass" and loping ballad "The Big Easy." A boppish "Falling in Love With Love" is a strong opener, and his swinging take of Dave Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way" is also very appealing. Bassist Bill Huntington and drummer Johnny Vidacovich provide strong support on this highly recommended release.

Customer Reviews

Great album by a little known!

This is a great album in the tradition of the late Bill Evans (piano). If you like mellow but innovative music, this album is a must. I heard him in the Club 300 (New Orleans) playing with his son and daughter and wanted to hear more of his 7 string guitar. Believe me, this is a classic mellow, contemporary jazz album! If you're looking for music for quiet evening with your lover, this is your album!


Born: September 2, 1954 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Blues

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

A fine New Orleans guitarist whose advanced improvisations display the influence of his native city's early jazz and R&B scenes (at least rhythmically), Steve Masakowski attended Berklee in 1974. He invented the key-tar in 1978, an early guitar synthesizer. In 1982, he recorded for his own private Prescriptions label and he has since made albums as a leader for Blue Note and appeared as a sideman on dates led by...
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For Joe, Steve Masakowski
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Jazz
  • Released: Apr 11, 2000

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