2015 was a banner year for jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. The highlight was his stint as Musician-in-Residence at the Detroit Jazz Festival. In an effort to keep his string of good luck going, Metheny is putting the finishing touches on two new albums, The Unity Sessions and Cuong Vu Meets Pat Metheny. Both are scheduled to drop on May 6th.
Hristo Vitchev deserves to be heard. His website describes him as an impressionistic, modern jazz guitarist. However, one listen of his new CD In Search of Wonders, you are struck by the timelessness of Mr. Vitchev's music. The guitarist fronts a tightly structured quartet that features him on guitar, Jasnam Daya Singh on piano, Dan Robbins on bass and Mike Shannon on the drums. In real life, they are four different individuals but, as a band, they are one, as Mr. Vitchev will be the first to tell you.
Add Josh Maxey to the long list of guitarists who have changed the face of six-stringed jazz. 'Celebration Of Soul' is deep, with pleasures to be unearthed only upon repeated listenings. It's his tenth CD in the last three years. He just won't stop.
This weekend the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival honored jazz guitarist Mike Jackson with the Lifetime Achievement Award based on his years of impeccable talent.