Brad Shepik Guitar; Tom Rainey drums; Scott
Brad Shepik is a veteran of the New York downtown scene, best known perhaps for his subtle guitar work as a member of Dave Douglass's group Tiny Bell Trio and the pan-Balkan/Near Eastern party band Paradox Trio. Here he foregrounds his more traditional playing and composing with a recording more likely to please fans of bop guitar than those of experimental music. The spirit of Jim Hall and the more introspective side of Bill Frisell haunt this album, although neither Brad or his cohorts are mere clones. All nine compositions are by Brad, and while none of them surprise, they all manifest his mastery of post-bop compositional styles, and the downtown school's penchant for borrowings from ethnically diverse musics.
by Eric Lewis
Jazz Now Interactive
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