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Beautiful Friendship
     

Beautiful Friendship

by Doug MacDonald
 
Doug MacDonald is very much a laid-back mainstream jazz guitarist along the lines of Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, and Herb Ellis. Built for comfort instead of speed, MacDonald emphasizes single line melodies, and that method lends toward simplicity of purpose and execution. It

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Doug MacDonald is very much a laid-back mainstream jazz guitarist along the lines of Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, and Herb Ellis. Built for comfort instead of speed, MacDonald emphasizes single line melodies, and that method lends toward simplicity of purpose and execution. It reflects the elders he admires, but is restrained and refined to the point of aligning more with the West Coast cool school of horn players. MacDonald has chosen a few hip themes as Hank Mobley's tuneful melody "Funk In Deep Freeze," the well wrought standard "'Tis Autumn," and a flexible take on "Spanish Eyes." The last track, "Serenata," reminds one why this grand neglected standard deserves more attention, as MacDonald reveals. A little Brazilian flavor à la Charlie Byrd crops up during "L.R.," or the simmering bass lead courtesy of Lou Shoch on "Samba de Orfeo." There's a witty waltz take of "I'll Take Romance," a unison guitar/bassline, cooked rare, on the swing blues original "Mr. B's," and a very patient version of the title track. MacDonald sounds anxious and rushed, an atypical stance for him, only on his bop composition "The Mall Blues." Otherwise it's a pleasant effort from a veteran guitarist who knows his influences cold, and consistently plays to his strong suit.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2008
Label:
Blujazz Records
UPC:
0640668336020
catalogNumber:
3360

Tracks

  1. Funk in Deep Freeze
  2. Mr. B's
  3. Tis' Autumn
  4. The Mall Bues
  5. Time on My Hands
  6. Bye Bye Baby
  7. Lr (Come to Me)
  8. Spanish Eyes
  9. I'll Take Romance
  10. My Cherrie Amour
  11. Beautiful Friendship
  12. Samba de Orfeo
  13. Serenata

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