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Album Review

Dave Stryker had a working group with drummer Tony Reedus, though he is not present as he died suddenly from a pulmonary embolism two weeks prior to the session. Steve Williams is an excellent replacement, while the third member of the trio is the in-demand young organist Jared Gold. Stryker chose a diverse playlist, including a breezy midtempo bop setting of "Pure Imagination" (penned for the soundtrack to the film Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) and Gilbert O'Sullivan's seemingly unpromising "Alone Again (Naturally)," which the guitarist tackles very deliberately in an understated fashion, revealing the possibilities within its melody (though thankfully without having to hear its weak lyrics). Williams' brushwork introduces the perky arrangement of "Make Someone Happy" (a favorite of the late pianist Bill Evans), while Stryker's choosing to alternate between two time signatures adds a unique touch to his interpretation of "For All We Know." The guitarist appreciates modern jazz compositions as well, delivering an exotic treatment of Woody Shaw's "Zoltan" and Wayne Shorter's catchy "Nefertiti." Stryker salutes his late drummer with "One for Reedus," a soulful affair with a solid groove.

Customer Reviews

1st rate

This a great CD. Styrker and Gold have a great laid back feel. Daves lines are very clean and Jared sounds
a little like Larry Young in timber.

Composers Are Listed Under "Artist"

ALL music on this CD is performed by Dave Stryker and his friends, as mentioned above. Somehow, the COMPOSERS of these songs got listed in the "Artist" column. Rest assured, Gilbert O'Sullivan doesn't join in on the instrumental of "Alone Again" nor does Jule Styne or Woody Shaw help out with their respective compositions! All in all, pleasant enough jazz instrumentals.


Born: March 30, 1957 in Omaha, NE

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Whether he's leading his own group, Blue to the Bone, or playing as a sideman to great jazz musicians like vocalist Kevin Mahogany, guitarist Dave Stryker's style has strong blues and soul-drenched undercurrents. Stryker was raised in Omaha, NB, but has made New York City and suburban northern New Jersey his home since 1980. Stryker began playing guitar at age 10, and by the time he was 12, he'd discovered the blues. He learned to play from listening to records, and recalled the first record he...
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One for Reedus, Dave Stryker
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  • $10.32
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jan 10, 2010

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