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Return To Avalon by Lino

Lino is a brilliant young guitarist born in Akron, Ohio and now living and performing in L.A.. While Return To Avalon cannot be placed in a definite genre, I feel quite comfortable filing a review with this respected jazz journal.

Musically, this album is a showcase for the compositions of the young guitarist himself. Lino penned nine of the eleven pieces. The remaining two tunes come from a rather unlikely pair, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and country writer/bandleader Pee Wee King. Mozart is represented by the lively Divertimento No. 1 In A Minor while Pee Wee King’s You Belong To Me is delivered in a jazz trio format. In a way, Lino and the group handle the classically tinged pieces with a reverent attack similar to the manner in which Jethro Tull swung Bach Bourees three decades ago. Salsa a la Mode features Lino’s fine guitar work and some memorable flute passages by Richard Hardy. The guitarist’s own Separate Peace is another highlight on this session. For those among the readership who are also unfamiliar with Lino’s guitar prowess, you might reflect on the recordings of Sergio Lara & Joe Reyes in the 90s. In fact, I’ll file this CD immediately next to Lara & Reyes in my collection.

Lino is a remarkable new talent and well worth a listen.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Lino
  • CD Title: Return To Avalon
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Rating: Four Stars
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