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Ventana
     

Ventana

by Kenny Karsh
 
From the opening of Ken Karsh's debut recording as a leader, it is apparent that he has great technical skill and the ability to swing. Assisted by a wide-ranging supporting cast of musicians (the best known of which is bassist Dwayne Dolphin), Karsh touches on many different styles. The boppish interpretation of

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From the opening of Ken Karsh's debut recording as a leader, it is apparent that he has great technical skill and the ability to swing. Assisted by a wide-ranging supporting cast of musicians (the best known of which is bassist Dwayne Dolphin), Karsh touches on many different styles. The boppish interpretation of Duke Ellington's "Just Squeeze Me" and a furious workout of "Seven Steps to Heaven" are delightful, while George Jones' ever-present conga especially changes the character of Billy Strayhorn's "Chelsea Bridge," making it a tad more exotic and a little less wistful. Karsh switches to acoustic guitar for his solo performance of the Beatles ballad "Blackbird," adding an intricate improvised introduction. His originals are a mixed bag. The laid-back ballad "In Retrospect" and the unaccompanied "Dancing Mist" (on acoustic guitar) hold one's interest, though "Andie's Song" comes off as slightly overproduced and bland. One of numerous musicians who has paid his dues for years while putting off recording under his own name, this laudatory effort by Ken Karsh is worth investigating.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2006
Label:
Alanna Records
UPC:
0742545600122
catalogNumber:
6001

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Karsh   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
George Jones   Percussion,Conga
Dwayne Dolphin   Acoustic Bass
Roger Humphries   Drums
Max Leake   Synthesizer,Piano,fender rhodes
Jeffrey Mangone   Acoustic Bass
Steve Hawk   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Brian Stahurski   Electric Bass
Joe Waslousky   Drums
Eric DeFade   Flute,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
Victor Feldman   Composer
Bobby McFerrin   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Sid Jacobs   Author
Kenny Karsh   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Max Leake   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Kimberly Rullo   Graphic Design,Illustrations
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Bill Purse   Producer,Engineer,Author
Joe Negri   Author
Lee Gaines   Composer
Dino DiStefano   Engineer

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