Superb musicians, extraordinary attention to the detail that is the vintage Jazz and Blues sound, and you have the New Guitar Summit of Jay Geils, Gerry Beaudoin, and Duke Robillard, on their release Shivers.
New Guitar Summit - Shivers
Shivers: Little Bitty Pretty One, Flying Home, Your Mind is On Vacation, Shivers, Blue Sunset, Broadway, Everybody's Crying Mercy, Jim Jam, Honey Suckle Rose, Wellspring Blues, Mediterranean Nights
Personnel: Gerry Beaudoin: 7 String Guitar; Duke Robillard: Guitar; Jay Geils: Guitar; Randy Bachman: Guitar, Vocals; John Turner: Acoustic Bass; Bob Nieske: Acoustic Bass; Les Harris Jr.: Drums; Gordon Grottenthaler: Drums
New Guitar Summit - Shivers was released on the Stony Plain Records label and marks the second release by the New Guitar Summit trio of Gerry Beaudoin, Jay Geils, and Duke Robillard. If this exceptional guitar trio is not enough, they welcome the legendary rocker and Blues devotee Randy Bachman of Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive fame to share a few chords with them.
Though this is my first listen to the New Guitar Summit, I have reviewed other releases in the Music Scene section from Jay Geils and Gerry Beaudoin - Jay Geils Plays Jazz, and Jay Geils, Gerry Beaudoin and the Kings of Strings, and Duke Robillard contributed on two releases I reviewed by Al Basile (The Tinge, and Groovin' in the Mood Room). So, you can only imagine my excitement when I picked up New Guitar Summit - Shivers.
The team opens up with an original track Little Bitty Pretty One and the marathon kicks off as they hand the baton forward moving the riffs from one guitar to another as they capture that unique vintage Jazz and Blues sound. These are three students of music and they show that they have done their homework. With the track Flying Home they embody the pace and energy that the legendary Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton had in mind when they wrote and performed this classic. Your Mind is on Vacation features Randy Bachman on guitar and vocals as the trio plus one (Randy) attacks this playful Mose Allison classic. The trio looks to another classic with the title track Shivers by Charlie Christian and Lionel Hampton where they ‘swing' into action.
Blue Sunset was written by Gerry Beaudoin and he works in the drum kit to project that distinct snare tone that was so familiar in the vintage Jazz sound; he is a true student of not only the music, but the sound. Delving into the basket of classic Blues and Jazz tracks the trio pulls out all the stops and serves up a pulsating cover of Broadway written by Buddy Gard DeSylva and Ray Henderson. Returning to Mose Allison with his fun tracks and lyrics on the classic Everybody's Crying Mercy brings Randy Bachman back on guitar and vocals.
Jim Jam, an original by Duke Robillard, turns up the heat and the riffs get hot as the trio shifts back and forth running the strings weary on this frolicking song. The Fats Waller and Andy Razaf classic Honey Suckle Rose is sweet music in the hands of this trio. The release closes out with two more originals with Wellspring Blues a collaborative effort from the trio and Mediterranean Nights by Gerry Beaudoin.
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