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Author Archives: John Heidt

Fareed Haque

Out of Nowhere
 
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For the most part, Fareed Haque’s new recording harkens back to the days when Blue Note Records ruled the jazz world. The songs are soulful, moody, and feature great playing by Haque and others, including jazz vets Billy Hart and George Mraz. The opener, the Haque original “Waiting For Red,” lets you in on what’s […]

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Dave Hunter

The Fender Stratocaster: The Life and Times of the World's Greatest Guitar and Its Players
 
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The title of this new book is not hyperbole. The book truly covers not only the origin and history of the iconic guitar, but also includes short features on guitar players who make their living with, or are associated with, the Fender Stratocaster. In between there’s plenty of text to let you know what made […]

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Joe Pass

For Joe
 
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As Concord Music continues its Original Jazz Classics Remasters, we get three records recorded for Pablo Records from the ’70s that feature Joe Pass on guitar. He’s normally remembered for the solo work he did on his Virtuoso series. But as these albums show, he was also a fine sideman who could back soloists with […]

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Leslie West

Still Climbing
 
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Upon first viewing you’ll notice that The Sound and the Story is different. The new video from guitarist Leslie West stands apart from other instructional guitar DVDs in that, while West is more than happy to show how to play some of his classic songs and discuss how he learned to play, his gregarious personality […]

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Colin Linden

Bringing it Back Around
 
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Colin Linden’s Still Live is a step back to his first recording – a live album made three decades ago. In the years that separate the two, Linden has become a first-call guitarist for roots artists including Robert Plant, Gregg Allman, the Band, Alison Krauss, Mavis Staples, Lucinda Williams, Diana Krall, Emmylou Harris, and others. […]

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Pete Anderson

Birds Above Guitarland
 
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Most listeners became fans of Pete Anderson during his stint as Dwight Yoakam’s guitarist and producer. During his tenure, he put on record some of the finest and most original country licks that had been heard in decades. His solo career has moved him in the direction of other styles of roots music — and […]

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Greg Koch Band

Plays Well With Others
 
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Due to his longtime residency in Milwaukee, Greg Koch may have not been discovered by the world at large. But that’s certainly not true among his fellow guitarists. On his latest, Koch is joined by various musicians, including guitarists Robben Ford, Paul Barrère, and Joe Bonamassa, among others. The nice thing about the gathering is […]

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Trampled Under Foot

Badlands
 
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Every now and then a band comes along that after one listen you realize they really get it. This is the case with Trampled Under Foot, made up of the Schnebelen siblings: Danielle on vocals and bass, Nick on guitar and vocals, and drummer Kris. Danielle’s vocals are among the most soulful and electric you’ll […]

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Laurence Juber

Under An Indigo Sky
 
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The latest from Lawrence Juber will befuddle guitarists who struggle simply to work up solo versions of songs in standard tuning. Here, Juber has compiled 14 songs for solo guitar – some standards, some more current, and several originals – and plays them all in DADGAD tuning. And each and every one of them is […]

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Shawn Starski

His Own Blues
 
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After spending nearly a decade with harp ace Jason Ricci, guitarist Shawn Starski has stepped out with a self-titled album that establishes him as a triple threat, not simply a guitar ace. It’s a position he’s not altogether comfortable with, mostly because, prior to composing its songs, Starski had never written lyrics. “I wrote a […]

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