PETE SMYSER, THE JEROME KERN CONCERT

With deserved endorsements from guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden, the 7-string guitarist Pete Smyser is releasing his first live recording, “The Jerome Kern Concert,” which documents a wonderful performance at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA from January 2011. The crisp sound and superior acoustics promote a relaxed, yet sophisticated vibe as Smyser interprets Kern’s well-known melodies like “Look For The Silver Lining,” “Pick Yourself Up” and Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.” The musical bond that Smyser has with pianist Tom Lawton, bassist Madison Rast and drummer Dan Monaghan is tight and tuneful. Lawton is a particularly ace accompanist, filling his solos with colorful hues, and he comps in the classic tradition. Smyser is a mainstay on the Philadelphia scene and his website lists the many opportunities to catch him in the act. For a regional player who’s released six previous albums, Smyser has the chops and rhythmic flair to delight fans of classic jazz standards delivered in a style reminiscent of Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel and to his credit, played with a verve all his own. He performs regularly at The Café in Bethlehem, PA with upcoming dates noted on his website. (11 tracks; 57:02 minutes) Get it here: www.smyser.com
"I Was Doing Alright" by Pete Smyser and crew

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JAZZ IN SPACE: PETE SMYSER, THE JEROME KERN CONCERT

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

PETE SMYSER, THE JEROME KERN CONCERT

With deserved endorsements from guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden, the 7-string guitarist Pete Smyser is releasing his first live recording, “The Jerome Kern Concert,” which documents a wonderful performance at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA from January 2011. The crisp sound and superior acoustics promote a relaxed, yet sophisticated vibe as Smyser interprets Kern’s well-known melodies like “Look For The Silver Lining,” “Pick Yourself Up” and Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.” The musical bond that Smyser has with pianist Tom Lawton, bassist Madison Rast and drummer Dan Monaghan is tight and tuneful. Lawton is a particularly ace accompanist, filling his solos with colorful hues, and he comps in the classic tradition. Smyser is a mainstay on the Philadelphia scene and his website lists the many opportunities to catch him in the act. For a regional player who’s released six previous albums, Smyser has the chops and rhythmic flair to delight fans of classic jazz standards delivered in a style reminiscent of Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel and to his credit, played with a verve all his own. He performs regularly at The Café in Bethlehem, PA with upcoming dates noted on his website. (11 tracks; 57:02 minutes) Get it here: www.smyser.com
"I Was Doing Alright" by Pete Smyser and crew

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