Monday, January 28, 2013

Graham Dechter, Takin' It There

Graham Dechter loves Wes Montgomery, it's clear. And he takes that guitar style as one basis to step forward and make it all new. Takin' It There (Capri 74117-2) gets in the groove with a nicely straight-ahead, fired-up quartet of Graham, Tamir Hendelman on piano, John Clayton on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums.

When something swings pretty hard, you don't look back so much. And these guys do that. Check out the classic Wes "Road Song" and you'll get it.

It's not all Wes, though. Graham gets his own virtuostic mix of bluesy jazz bopping throughout. When I find myself thinking "I wish I played like that," it's a good sign.

I wish I played like that.

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