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Saturday, January 28, 2017

CD Review: Mark Whitfield - Grace

Mark Whitfield (guitar); Davis Whitfield (piano); Mark Whitfield Jr., (drums); Yasushi Nakamura (bass); + Sy Smith (vocal on 1 track)
(Review by Lance).
A family band. Papa Mark, acclaimed in 1990 by the New York Times as The Best Young Guitarist in the Business, brings his two sons into the studio for a pleasing album that doesn't push any boundaries but lets us know that pedalboards aren't as important to a guitarist as a plectrum, a footstool and an ability to swing whatever the idiom.
Don't get me wrong, this isn't a throwback album but one done with the feel of today. Whitfield père displays the sensitivity of past masters whilst equating with the current frontrunners. 
His sons do him proud. Davis has a probing style that seeks out the lost chord, the unusual inversion whilst Mark demonstrates all he learned from sitting at his father's side on stage. Described as an honorary Whitfield, Nakamura plays the part well with basslines that don't contradict. Sy Smith sings the title track - she does it good.
Lance.

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