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Acoustic Trio by Joe Fuentes

The Jazz Review loves to discover fresh new non-commercialized jazz artists and share them with "you" the jazz audience of the world. We recently discovered a guitarist that thoroughly impressed our critical listening ears, Joe Fuentes and his "Acoustic Trio". We ran into Joe on the cJazz discussion group where we heard people praising the guitar playing of Joe Fuentes. Well, curiosity got the best of us and we obtained a copy of Joe's debut release, "Acoustic Trio". One listen to this release and our staff agreed that we had found our "New Jazz artist of the Year". Joe has composed a release full of beautifully sculptured jazz tunes centered around his Takamine acoustic nylon string guitar. With the help of Dmitriy Ishchenko on bass and Dan Martin on drums, these three musicians create an unrestricted stream of creatively composed music for the music lover in all of us.

Joe expresses himself through his silky smooth sensitive guitar playing style with complete attention to each and every note. Joe explains that his playing has been influenced by a wide variety of guitar artists such as George Benson, Pat Metheny, Earl Klugh, Lee Ritenour, Brain Mays and Eric Clapton. On the "Acoustic Trio" release we hear the greatness of all of these artists rolled into Joe's own unique guitar mannerisms. Finding a musician who is both technically sound in his musical performance while also possessing the talent of a great composer is a rarity today. However, Joe showcases both of these talents and we hope to hear more from him in the future. We feel that whatever Jazz record label picks up on Joe Fuentes has definitely found a winner! If you love great guitar work, you've got to check out this new release. Enjoy!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Joe Fuentes
  • CD Title: Acoustic Trio
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 1997
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Rating: Five Stars
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