Title - 'Blue Soul'
Artist - Dave Stryker with Bob Mintzer
Blue Soul (releasing June 5th, 2020 via Strikezone Records) is a collaboration between renowned guitarist Dave Stryker, saxophonist and arranger Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band.
Indeed, new nine track set is a unique project putting Stryker's soulful guitar in front of a world-class big band led by Mintzer's creative arrangements and playing.
After several appearances as a guest with Dave Stryker’s Organ Trio, saxophonist Bob Mintzer (who actually serves as the principal conductor for Cologne, Germany’s WDR Big Band) had the idea to arrange some of Dave’s music to feature him with the ensemble.
Bob thought Stryker’s hip takes on ‘70s pop tunes from his Eight Track series as well as his originals would be a good fit for the dynamic big band.
In March of 2019, Dave was invited to Germany for a week of rehearsing, recording and performing with the WDR Big Band, the result of which is this quite vibrantly brilliant Blue Soul.
1. 'Trouble Man'
3. 'What's Going On'
4. 'Came To Believe'
5. 'Blues Strut'
6. 'When Doves Cry'
7. 'Wichita Lineman'
9. 'Stan's Shuffle'
For their tracklist, Stryker and Mintzer have assembled a rather varied program, one which begins in fine style with the smooth jazz flow of Marvin Gaye’s 'Trouble Man,' which is backed by the gentle finger-snappin' funk of the Mintzer original, 'Aha.'
The rhythmic hipsway of another Gaye classic is next in the form of 'What's Going On,' which is then followed by the mid-tempo Stryker gem 'Came to Believe.'
The more regimented jazz spirit of another Stryker original is brought forth on 'Blues Strut,' which is backed by an, at times, almost unrecognizable cover of Prince’s 'When Doves Cry,' and then Jimmy Webb’s 'Wichita Lineman.'
This wholly inspired album then rounds out with another Stryker original in 'Shadowboxing' and comes to a close on Stanley Turrentine’s upbeat, all-together-now, 'Stan’s Shuffle.'
“Bob is one of the best musicians and people I know,” said Stryker. “I’ve been a fan of his playing since my early days in New York City, and to get the chance to have Bob arrange and play my music with the incredible WDR Big Band is a huge thrill and honor.”
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