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Sunday, January 05, 2014

CD Review: Joshua Breakstone - With the Wind and the Rain

Joshua Breakstone (gtr); Mike Richmond (cello); Lisle Atkinson (bs); Elliot Sigmund (dms).
Excellent, lyrical guitar from Breakstone on this, his sixth album for Capri Records. Present day bebop lines that flow smoothly and fluently suggest I will be checking out his earlier releases. Four of the tracks have Mike Richmond on cello making this an unusual line-up and one I feel could have been used to greater effect. Don't get me wrong, Richmond knows his way around the instrument. The guitar/cello unison lines gel and his solos are well constructed. However, the cello solos are all played pizzicato and pizzicato cello doesn't have the same resonance that a plucked double bass has. How I'd have loved to have heard some arco passages to bring out the mellow richness of this, the most sensuous member of the string family.
That apart, this is still a very enjoyable CD with Breakstone throwing his cap in the ring as yet another master jazz guitarist to arrive on the scene - listen to his melodic lines on Be Anything or the boppy phrasing of Kenny Dorham's Short Story. Bassist Atkinson's solos emphasise my point re the cello. Full toned and rich they're everything the cello could have been had Richmond chosen to use the bow.
Drummer Sigmund remains discreetly in the background contributing to the chamber jazz masterpiece this almost was.
Joshua Breakstone - With the Wind and the Rain is due for release on Capri Records January 21.
Lance.

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