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Bridging The Gap by Lou Mecca

My introduction to guitarist Lou Mecca occurred in the early 1950s when I was in my teenage years. I had obtained a Gil Melle 10" LP featuring Lou's fine work. My closest friend owned a copy of another 10 incher in which Stan Kenton featured Sal Salvador. We spent many happy hours playing these records and had heated arguments as to which was the better player. The result was always a draw.

Lou Mecca eventually withdrew, at least partially, from music and pursued a career as a chiropractic physician. Happily, he has recently retired from his chosen profession and returned full time to his first love, impeccable pure tasteful jazz. He is now about 73 years of age and mellowed like the finest vintage wine. Smoooooooooth!!

Beginning in the 50s, Lou Mecca replaced his close friend, the late Tal Farlow, with the Gil Melle group. Please allow me to do a bit more name-dropping. I love doing this! Here are a few of Lou's associates over the years: Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans, Teddy Charles, Al Cohn, Eddie Costa, Chris Connor, John Lewis, Maxine Sullivan, Rex Stewart, King Curtis, Julius La Rosa and Vinnie Burke. ‘Nuff said. Got the picture?

Lou's new CD is "picture perfect" and places the guitarist " very much at home" with standards by some of this centuries' finest composers. You'll hear 63 minutes of some of the finest, no nonsense, straight-ahead jazz available today. There are 13 tracks including: Stompin' at the Savoy, Nuages, Black Orpheus, Body and Soul, Lullaby of the Leaves, What's New, Yesterdays, Angel Eyes, On Green Dolphin Street, Tenderly, Wave, Moonlight in Vermont and Days of Wine and Roses. Many tracks find Lou happily trading fours with drummer Nat Garratano. Bassist Mickey Golizio completes the trio with his tasty musicianship and is also a classically trained guitarist who reads Mecca like a book, anticipating every phrase.

I'll won't feel guilty in rating this as a recommended buy. Five stars!

Lou, it's a pleasure and an honor to have you back!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Lou Mecca
  • CD Title: Bridging The Gap
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Contemporary Studios
  • Rating: Five Stars
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