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Concord Jazz Guitar Collective

  • 1. Bittersweet
    2. Strictly Confidential
    3. String Thing
    4. Mating Call
    5. Seven Come Eleven
    6. Body and Soul
    7. Donna Lee
    8. Perdido
    9. Swing '39
    10. Four Brothers
    11. Song d'Autumne
    12. Ornithology
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4672

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Burk

    Full performer name: Howard Alden/Jimmy Bruno/Frank Vignola.
    Personnel: Howard Alden, Jimmy Bruno, Frank Vignola (guitar); Jim Hughart (bass); Colin Bailey (drums).
    Personnel: Frank Vignola (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Howard Alden (guitar, electric guitar); Jimmy Bruno (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Colin Bailey (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Jim Ferguson .
    Recording information: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA (05/23/1995-05/24/1995).
    The Concord Jazz Guitar Collective was a 1995 project that united Howard Alden with fellow guitarists and Concord artists Jimmy Bruno and Frank Vignola. For Concord, a three-guitar date was hardly unprecedented; back in 1974, the label had brought Barney Kessel, Charlie Byrd, and Herb Ellis together as the Great Guitars. Despite the fact that they all play the same instrument, Alden, Bruno, and Vignola prove compatible on this outing, which also employs Jim Hughart on upright bass and Colin Bailey on drums. Although Bruno tends to be more aggressive and forceful than Alden, he can be quite lyrical when he wants to; and while Alden isn't as hard a player as Bruno, he definitely swings. The two have a strong rapport on uptempo numbers like Charlie Parker's "Ornithology," Sam Jones' "Bittersweet," and Benny Goodman's "Seven Come Eleven," as well as on more relaxed performances like Django Reinhardt's "Song D'Autumne" and the standard "Body and Soul." Vignola, meanwhile, also proves to be an asset. Though not all of his 1990s output for Concord was memorable, he's a talented guitarist; and on Concord Jazz Guitar Collective, the presence of Alden and Bruno encourages Vignola to work hard and put that talent to use instead of wasting it. This is a CD that lovers of hard-bop guitar playing will appreciate. ~ Alex Henderson

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (4/96, p.72) - "...Jimmy Bruno is the burner of this great trio. His fluid, exuberant lines bring a sense of hard bop drive to the group while Frank Vignola brings a wholly different texture to the group with acoustic guitar....Essential listening for guitar nuts."
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