Guarna, Tom

bju Records, 2014CD
Instrument: Guitar

Issue: 20.3

Jazz Ruler Type: Fusion
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Performance: 4
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Sound: 3
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O’s Notes: Fusion guitarist Tom Guarna joins forces with Joel Frahm (sax), Danny Grissett (p), Orlando Le Fleming (b) and Johnathan Blake (d) on Rush, his sixth album as a leader. These are all poised, polished first call musicians and contrary to the title, they take their time delivering the message of Guarna’s original compositions. There is a decided New York City-bent to the groove one that could easily be characterized a neobop. Rather than debate the genre specifics, we enjoyed the music whether they were burning on “Shambeau” or reflecting on “Elegy for Etan”, dedicated to Etan Patz, the six year old child who’s disappearance, May 25, 1979, remains a tragic mystery.


Publicist: Red Cat Publicity