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Featuring Frank Wess by Paul Meyers Quartet

New York guitarist Paul Meyers uses his nylon string guitar to connect to the spirit of straight ahead, swinging jazz on this quartet date with saxophonist Frank Wess, bassist Martin Wind and drummer Tony Jefferson. With a mix of choice standards and original compositions from Meyers and Wess, The disc flows with a light breeze, exhibiting effortless group interplay and inspired soloing.

Meyer's exquisite chordal maneuvering is front-and-center from the opening "Snibor," a lesser known composition from Billy Strayhorn, to the closing "I Cover the Waterfront." With a style reminiscent of Joe Pass, Meyers combines tight voicings and single note runs to evoke a wide range of dynamic expression through soloing and accompanying. When improvising, the guitarist seems to pull spontaneous lines out of thin air, culminating in cohesive statements. Meyers is especially strong on up-tempo selections, such as his own "Blue Lantern" and Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things."

Wess' legendary sound on both tenor saxophone and flute brings an added layer of sophistication and warmth to the proceedings. The veteran reedman showcases lyrical finesse at its finest on a bossa nova arrangement of "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" and down-home earthiness on his own "Menage a Bleu."

A highlight of the recording is an appearance from guest vocalist Andy Bey, a frequent associate of Meyers. The incomparable jazz singer patiently explores his impressive range on a Brazilian-inspired arrangement of "Lazy Afternoon." All in all, a delightful listen from beginning to end with strong musicianship.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Paul Meyers Quartet
  • CD Title: Featuring Frank Wess
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2010
  • Record Label: Miles High Records
  • Rating: Five Stars
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