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Album Review

A rather subdued album of guitar-based jazz, this one gets its feel largely from the use of nylon strings on the guitar of Joe Jewell, a guitar professor in Fullerton (Southern California). The performances pay tribute to a series of great jazz guitarists, all with a good emphasis laid on the technical aspects of playing the pieces near perfectly (as the title would suggest). The album opens with a Big Jim Hall number, followed immediately by a piece made famous by Wes Montgomery (which, while laying out a funky groove in the '80s vein gives bassist Baba Elefante an opportunity for a fine, drawn out solo on the electric fretless). A bit of classical guitar is included as tribute to Jewell's other aspects of training, but the rest of the album is largely from the songbook to some degree or another: Cole Porter, Lerner & Loewe, and more. The playing is fine throughout, but not really anything to be terribly excited about. Songs are given a new look as Wes is turned to a piece of '80s funk, Monk is turned to a samba, often without really paying the right amount of attention to the intricacies of converting a classic from one genre into another. The focus has to go back to the playing of the quartet, which is technically well-done, but just not always fitting with where the songs demand.

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Every Note Counts

Excellent stuff here! The band has a great sound together; Jewell shines throughout borrowing from a list of legendary guitarists. No - that is not a samba on the Monk tune, In Walked Bud, nor is it 80's funk on Sunny, but some reviewers just write and don't really know what they're listening to. Cool Rhodes, fretless bass, and very solid drumming from Jewell's cohorts.

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