|Tom Guarna: Rush|
Brooklyn born and raised guitarist / composer Tom Guarna is a musician's musician, a stellar talent who can seemingly play anything, and play it brilliantly. His fluid lines, creative chord-voicings, captivating tone, and profound solos have made him a first-call musician for the likes of Manuel Valera and New Cuban Express (in the band nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award), Blood Sweat and Tears, Wallace Roney, Branford Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Lenny White, the late Mulgrew Miller, Billy Hart, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Greg Hutchinson, John Benitez, Joe Locke, E.J. Strickland and many, many others.
And yet, his prolific sideman work is only half of the story. After five acclaimed recordings under his own name, Guarna recently experienced yet another deluge of inspiration, and the result is his highly anticipated new recording, Rush, to be released on February 25, 2014, on the intrepid, indy-label, Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records. Guarna explains, "Rush was inspired by the sudden burst of creativity that can sometimes overtake you, inspiring you to seize the moment and engage in the creative process. I am always composing and conceptualizing new music, but the recording of this album followed a particularly inspired time when it seemed that I couldn't write the music fast enough. So 'rush' really best describes the excitement and joy I experienced when working on the music for this project."
Rush features Danny Grissett on piano & Fender Rhodes; "I first played with Danny in bassist Richie Goods group. We did a European tour and also played some gigs in the states. I had been a fan of his playing prior to working with him. Danny has a beautiful touch that creates a beautiful tone. That combined with his great feel and harmonic sense made him the first person I thought of when I decided to record. Joel Frahm on soprano & tenor saxophones; Joel recorded on my third Steeplechase recording titled Wingspan. He has a great sound and beautiful harmonic concept. Orlando Le Fleming on bass; I first met Orlando while I was at The New School. We played together in various groups over the years, and I always loved his sound and feel. And, Johnathan Blake on drums; Johnathan and I first played together in George Colligan's group. I love the way Johnathan can shape a song. His use of colors and how loose his feel can be while still achieving accuracy.
Track 1 Rush (LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 2 Beringia(LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 3 Dreamland(LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 4 Shambleau(LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 5 Elegy for Etan(LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 6 Movement and Repose(LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 7 Forgiveness(LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Track 8 High Plains(LISTEN TO AUDIO)