New Guitar Summit

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This unassuming and delightful little album visits a time when jazz and blues were still directly entwined, drawing on the ghosts of guitarists like Charlie Christian, Eddie Durham, Bill Jennings, Tiny Grimes, Barney Kessel, and Kenny Burrell, guitarists who used the blues to enrich the jazz pieces they played on, a kind of ensemble contribution that is all too frequently missing on the contemporary blues scene. Duke Robillard, Jay Geils, and Gerry Beaudoin are all gifted guitar players, each with his own career, but as a trio working three-part harmony lines around each other, they bring a stately ensemble grace to the tracks on New Guitar Summit the trio also appears ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This unassuming and delightful little album visits a time when jazz and blues were still directly entwined, drawing on the ghosts of guitarists like Charlie Christian, Eddie Durham, Bill Jennings, Tiny Grimes, Barney Kessel, and Kenny Burrell, guitarists who used the blues to enrich the jazz pieces they played on, a kind of ensemble contribution that is all too frequently missing on the contemporary blues scene. Duke Robillard, Jay Geils, and Gerry Beaudoin are all gifted guitar players, each with his own career, but as a trio working three-part harmony lines around each other, they bring a stately ensemble grace to the tracks on New Guitar Summit the trio also appears under that name when they do live shows. This is not a speaker-shattering blues-rock outing, and although everything here is informed by the blues, it is front and center a jazz album. Wonderful old chestnuts like "Perdido," the melody line of which was written by Juan Tizol, Duke Ellington's longtime valve trombonist, are given respectful, lightly swinging arrangements, and the three independent guitar lines work in easy harmonies with each other. When the solos come, they feel like perfect little waves breaking against a beach, wave after wave, one after another. Working with a rhythm section of John Turner on bass and Gordon Grottenthaler on drums, the three guitarists bring an interesting new perspective to Billie Holiday's "'Tain't Nobody's Bizness if I Do," which includes a tentative yet poignant vocal by Beaudoin, who also wrote two of the best pieces here, the gypsy blues "Azzure Mineur" and the album's defining track, the perfectly swinging "Just Among Friends." Robillard takes a vocal turn on saxophonist Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson's "Backdoor Blues," but this is primarily an instrumental CD, with wonderfully nuanced guitar lines taking center stage. Charming, calm, and frequently beautiful, New Guitar Summit won't stir the beer-and-a-shot crowd, but it is a welcome exploration of a place and a time when jazz and blues were not yet estranged.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • Label: Stony Plain Music
  • UPC: 772532130127
  • Catalog Number: 1301
  • Sales rank: 102,266

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Benny's Bugle - New Guitar Summit (3:34)
  2. 2 Never Say Never Again Again - New Guitar Summit (5:02)
  3. 3 Swing With Dr. Jake - New Guitar Summit (5:04)
  4. 4 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness if I Do - New Guitar Summit (5:13)
  5. 5 Oh, Lady Be Good - New Guitar Summit (5:08)
  6. 6 Azzure Mineur - New Guitar Summit (4:51)
  7. 7 Just Among Friends - New Guitar Summit (3:25)
  8. 8 Perdido - New Guitar Summit (4:42)
  9. 9 Backdoor Blues - New Guitar Summit (5:22)
  10. 10 Seven Come Eleven - New Guitar Summit (4:33)
  11. 11 Glide On - New Guitar Summit (8:48)
  12. 12 Swing With Dr. Jake - New Guitar Summit
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Robillard Primary Artist, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Soloist, Group Member
Gerry Beaudoin Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Soloist, Group Member
J. Geils Electric Guitar, Soloist, Group Member
John Turner Acoustic Bass
Gordon Grottenthaler Drums
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Percy Grainger Composer
Prince Composer
Duke Robillard Producer, Cover Photo
Charlie Christian Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Jack Wilson Composer
Gerry Beaudoin Arranger, Composer, Producer, Mastering
Ervin Drake Composer
J. Geils Arranger, Producer, Mastering
Ira Gershwin Composer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Holger Petersen Executive Producer
Juan Tizol Composer
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Ted Drozdowski Liner Notes
H.J. Lengsfelder Composer
Mark Dutton Graphic Design
Timm Keleher Engineer
Thom Hiller Engineer
David Banigan Producer
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