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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Southern California-raised, Berklee School of Music-trained guitarist Dave Bernstein had been toiling away at his craft in the Bay Area for well over a decade before this, his debut recording, was released. It turns out that this mainstreamer -- evidently a Wes Montgomery fan -- has picked up on the master's gift for melody, and like Montgomery, he doesn't spray notes indiscriminately all over the place just to show off his technical machismo. Eight of the 13 tracks are Bernstein compositions; all are rather pleasing, and some, like "Flower & Flytrap" -- where the rhythmic current alternates between bossa nova and straight time -- are even more than that. On tunes...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Southern California-raised, Berklee School of Music-trained guitarist Dave Bernstein had been toiling away at his craft in the Bay Area for well over a decade before this, his debut recording, was released. It turns out that this mainstreamer -- evidently a Wes Montgomery fan -- has picked up on the master's gift for melody, and like Montgomery, he doesn't spray notes indiscriminately all over the place just to show off his technical machismo. Eight of the 13 tracks are Bernstein compositions; all are rather pleasing, and some, like "Flower & Flytrap" -- where the rhythmic current alternates between bossa nova and straight time -- are even more than that. On tunes like "Rabbits" and Bud Powell's "Oblivion," Bernstein winningly emulates Montgomery's full-bodied, single-string tone in rapid swinging bop flights, though a few of the runs could be cleaner in execution. As for the blues, on "Extemporaneous" and "Extemporaneously," he goes it alone in a pair of mellow, unaccompanied electric blues that evoke Kenny Burrell, and does some tongue-in-cheek Hawaiian shtick on a strange pick, "Moon of Manakoora." Alan Steger (piano), Chris Amberger (bass), and Michael Spencer (drums) form the rhythm section, providing flexible, melodic, and competent mainstream support at all times -- and they are exceptionally well recorded in crisp detail.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • Label: WOLFETONES RECORDS
  • UPC: 807861110820
  • Catalog Number: 108

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rabbits (3:41)
  2. 2 Louise (5:18)
  3. 3 Lurch (5:02)
  4. 4 Flower & Flytrap (5:28)
  5. 5 Oblivion (2:58)
  6. 6 Extemporaneous (3:30)
  7. 7 Goofy Foot (3:25)
  8. 8 C the Blues (5:14)
  9. 9 You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To (4:06)
  10. 10 Moon of Manakoora (5:10)
  11. 11 Ellen Bo Fellen (4:42)
  12. 12 Bright Boy (3:55)
  13. 13 Extemporaneously - Dave Bernstein (3:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Bernstein Quartet Primary Artist
Dave Bernstein Indexed Contributor, Guitar
Chris Amberger Bass
Michael Spencer Drums
Alan Steger Piano
Technical Credits
Clan of Xymox Composer
George Horn Mastering
Philip Elwood Liner Notes
Frank Rinella Engineer
Dave Bernstein Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Jazz Guitar

    I studied with Dave in the mid-90s and I have not heard or spoken with him in years. This cd blew me away. Great originals and playing. Dave was influenced by a lot of non-guitar jazz musicians, Lester Young, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Clark, Charlie Parker, to name a few. All the musicians play wonderfully on this recording and the playing is top notch, not your standard jazz guitar. The originals are very unusual and very enjoyable. Highly reccomended recording!!

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