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John PIzzarelli, Better Days Ahead (Solo Guitar Takes on Pat Metheny) ****

You'll come away hearing new things plucked from the Pat Metheny universe. John Pizzarelli brings a knowing understated and turn-the-light-down low feel to the treatments, managing to make the solo versions retain a certain warmth even while all …

Published: 16 Apr 2021. Updated: 18 days.

You'll come away hearing new things plucked from the Pat Metheny universe. John Pizzarelli brings a knowing understated and turn-the-light-down low feel to the treatments, managing to make the solo versions retain a certain warmth even while all alone with his seven-string guitar avoiding the overly-clinical. A world away from Pizzarelli's more usual swinging happy-go-lucky world there's a lot of love and affection and the whole thing works. There are too many highlights to mention but I'd pick out the incredible version of 'April Wind/Phase Dance' two pieces that appeared on the Pat Metheny Group album in 1978. Perfect for another quiet night in. Out now on Ghostlight Records

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Horns R us? Absolutely. The feverish, brassy, raucous intensity of 'Canal Tripping' is refreshing from Young Pilgrims new this June on Brum jazz indie Stoney Lane. The ballsy 'Hall of Meat' is also streaming drawn from We're Young Pilgrims. Strap …

Published: 16 Apr 2021. Updated: 21 days.

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Horns R us? Absolutely. The feverish, brassy, raucous intensity of 'Canal Tripping' is refreshing from Young Pilgrims new this June on Brum jazz indie Stoney Lane. The ballsy 'Hall of Meat' is also streaming drawn from We're Young Pilgrims. Strap yourself in.