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Jack Wilkins

Trio Art - Jack Wilkins
Check Out Trio Art - Jack Wilkins Born into a musical family, his father played the saxophone and his mother the piano, Jack began playing the guitar at the age of 14 studying with Joe Monti. After hearing Johnny Smith, Jack decided he wanted to study more Jazz and began lessons with Sid Margolies and John Mehegan.

Jack is a regular on the New York scene performing in his own right and has worked as a sideman to top Jazz artists including Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Earl Hines, Michael Moore, Mel Torme and Sarah Vaughan. Jack currently teaches at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

Trio Art, is Jack's latest album featuring him in the trio setting, allowing him the freedom, to express himself both chordally and in fluid single line.

Merge - Jack Wilkins
Check Out Merge - Jack WilkinsRecorded back in 1977, this album features Jack playing with Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Phil Markowitz, Jon Burr, Al Foster, Eddie Gomez and Jack De Johnette. Jack plays a Gibson L-7, it was recorded live, direct to 16 track. The CD album is a compilation from two previously released records Merge and You Can't Live Without it. During the time when these two albums were recorded Jack had been playing regular sets at Sweet Basils, a Greenwich Village Jazz Club, and the album captures some of the music that was being played at that time. Jack says his personal farourites from the album are the self-penned FUM and Chick Corea's 500 Miles High.

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Vic Juris

Music Of Alec Wilder - Vic Juris
Initially influenced by rock guitarist Chuck Berry, Vic Juris first came to the notice of jazz fans by playing with saxophonist Eric Kloss. From there he went on to a stint with jazz-rock fusioneer Barry Miles before settling into an important role with saxophonist Richie Cole's fine late-1970s group. It was while playing for Cole that Juris got the chance to record under his own name, an opportunity that resulted in three albums for Muse Records (now out of print). Since his days with Cole, he has played a supporting role in organ groups led by Don Patterson, Wild Bill Davison, and Jimmy Smith in addition to working in Mel Torme's backup band. Juris's most recent long-term employer has been saxophonist Dave Liebman. Juris has also worked in tandem with some of the finest jazz guitarists of the 1980s and 1990s, including Larry Coryell and Birelli Lagrene. In the same vein, Juris took part in a 1997 concert with Coryell, David Fiuczynski, Russell Malone, and Jack Wilkins, called Five Guitars Play Mingus. In addition to his regular musicianly duties, Juris has worked the academic angle, teaching jazz improvisation and guitar at the New School (Mannes College), Lehigh University, and William Patterson University.

Russell Malone

Black Butterfly - Russell Malone
CHeck Out Black Butterfly - Russell Malone A self-taught guitarist, Russell Malone has won accolades from Les Paul, Larry Coryell, Jimmy Bruno, and George Benson. His professional experiences include backing pop artists like Regina Belle, Peabo Bryson, and Clarence Carter in addition to work with jazz musicians Jimmy Smith, Harry Connick Jr., Kenny Burrell, Diana Krall, Kenny Barron, Gary Bartz, and Stephen Scott. Malone was also one of the guitarists used in Robert Altman's jazz-based flick, Kansas City. His solid sense of swing owes a lot to Benson, Burrell, and Wes Montgomery, which makes him a good choice as a sideman for new traditionalists like Benny Green and Branford Marsalis, who have also employed Malone's skills. Tracey Freeman), augmented by vibist Steve Nelson on two cuts, Malone and his quartet (pianist Gary Motley, bassist Paul Keller, and drummer Peter Siers) have come up with a pretty decent mainstream jazz album. There are some tributes to guitarists who helped shape Malone's sound--including Wes Montgomery ("Jingles") and Kenny Burrell (the Malone-penned "With Kenny in Mind")--and the title tune is a nice bit of '30s Ellingtonia.

Jimmy Bruno

Burnin' - Jimmy Bruno
Check Out Burnin' - Jimmy Bruno Jimmy Bruno learned guitar from his father, Jimmy Bruno Sr., a one-time guitarist for Nat "King" Cole. When the junior Bruno was 19, he started his professional career with Buddy Rich by going on the road with the demanding drummer/bandleader. Since that time Bruno has worked with singers Lena Horne and Frank Sinatra in addition to a surprising number of fellow guitarists--Joe Pass, Tal Farlow, Bucky Pizzarelli, and session wizard Tommy Tedesco. Currently working as a professor of jazz guitar performance and jazz improvisation at Philadelphia's University of the Arts (he has also released an instruction video), Bruno is a technically astute player partial to blazing single-note runs. The Wes Montgomery-style octave leap is also in his bag of tricks. Bruno's Like That [Rating: 4.5] (Concord Jazz, 1996, prod. Allen Farnham) as two of Philadelphia's finest jazz speed merchants hook up for an album that might be the best thing that either of them has done. Their interplay is so tight, clear, and impressive, particularly at the high speeds each of them seems to favor, that they might as well be twins. Both of these guys are mighty good at slow tempos too, as their playing on Bruno's moody "Night Dreamer" should prove. Steve Holloway on drums and Craig Thomas on bass are good, but they fade into the background when Bruno and DeFrancesco are working up a sweat. In addition to DeFrancesco's normal organ chores, he can be heard playing trumpet on "There Is No Greater Love" and "Stars Fell on Alabama

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