Saturday, February 27, 2016

CD Review: Larry Newcomb Quartet, "Live Intentionally!"

I recently reviewed some absolutely brilliant Jazz musicians who apply their trade mostly on the West Coast, so I was very happy when I was asked to review a great new CD from a master guitarist from the East Coast, Larry Newcomb.  Larry's new CD, "Live Intentionally" was recorded live.  I have long believed that live recordings capture the spirit and emotion of the players and Larry believes that also.  According to Larry "Live Intentionally! was recorded live. I wanted to capture the spontaneous intensity and energy of playing Jazz without a safety net. I also wanted to test my own performance and improvisatory skills in real time."  Bravo, Larry,  your new CD does all of the above and more.  The CD contains a mixture of wonderful standards like "All The Things You Are" and "Have You Met Miss Jones" and three Larry Newcomb original songs.  Larry is joined on this CD by three top level Jazz musicians, Dmitri Kolesnik on Bass, Jimmy Madison on Bass and Eric Olsen on Piano.

I will end with a quote from another of my New Jersey favorites and one of the very best guitarist in the history of the instrument, Bucky Pizzarelli. "Larry Newcomb is a master guitar player and a life-long student of the instrument.  You manage to get a great tone consistently and that isn't easy.  You have terrific talent, and a very good sound. You have mastered the guitar". Bucky is recovering from some heart problem and we all wish him a speedy recovery!

I found a "Youtube" of Larry playing "Be My Love" for your listening pleasure.

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