Title - 'Baker's Circle'
Artist - Dave Stryker
Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker fronting his own group (with 30 CD’s as a leader to date), or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine and Jack McDuff, you know why Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls him "one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.”
Indeed, Dave’s CD Eight Track III stayed at #1 on the JazzWeek Radio Chart for 6 straight weeks which just goes to show you that even if you don't know much about Stryker, the music world, and all its adoring attendees most certainly do.
Well, all that can change now for you as Dave Stryker, along with Walter Smith III, Jared Gold, McClenty Hunter and Mayra Casales, has just released an incredibly vibrant new album entitled Baker's Circle (via Strikezone Records).
After last year's successful big band outing, Blue Soul, guitarist Dave Stryker is back with his hard-driving, deep-grooving B3 organ group on his new recording.
With the addition of cutting-edge tenor player Walter Smith III to the musical fold, Baker's Circle features originals as well as a couple of Eight Track gems, and also a tip of the hat to his former boss Stanley Turrentine.
2. 'El Camino'
4. 'Everything I Love'
5. 'Rush Hour'
7. 'Baker's Circle'
8. 'Inner City Blues'
9. 'Love Dance'
10. 'Trouble (No. 2)'
The album opens with three Stryker originals, the first being the upbeat and fervent 'Tough' (enhanced by a Smith III sax solo) which is backed by Casales' conga groove on 'El Camino,' and then we get the Gold organ-infused beauty 'Dreamsong.'
Next up is their delightful, gentle swing rendition of Cole Porter's 'Everything I Love' which is itself backed by the pacey sax flow of 'Rush Hour,' the laid back and smooth jazz of Leon Russell's 'Superstar,' and then comes the serene jam session found within the title track, 'Baker's Circle.'
The album then rounds out with Stryker's Eight Track imprint on Marvin Gaye's 'Inner City Blues,' the low key, late night, breezy ebb and flow of 'Love Dance,' with the album closing on the upbeat grooving shuffle of the track originally recorded by the aforementioned Turrentine, 'Trouble (No. 2).'
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