High energy original guitar jazz Dennis Winge Trio – ONE SMALL STEP: The Finger Lakes region in New York state (Ithaca, to be specific) is about three hours road time from where I grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, but I can tell you right now that I never heard great guitar like Dennis plays back in my early ’60’s days… his guitar work encompasses several styles of music, all the way from rock/blues to funk, world and (as you’ll hear) eclectic jazz… original tunes like the peppy “Ska Blues” will give you a clear vision of his total talent and dexterity.
Just to give you a sample of their wide-ranging abilities, I recommend you watch the video of the trio performing “Timbafunk“, a tune that’s also on the album…
…as you can see/hear, this talented trio can ride/slide/tip & rip better than most… don’t hesitate to SUBSCRIBE to his YouTube channel, where you’ll find lots more interesting (& sometimes challenging) videos of his work.
The trio play is definitely grand on songs like “Timbafunk“, and enhanced even further by percussion from guest artist Greg Ezra on the album cut… this kind of tune puts the “ultra” in ultra-cool – it’s also been thoroughly “GTO-tested“… in fact, this song is now part of my “permanent” favorites on my iPhone player!
Dennis knows how to provide astounding contrasts with his compositions, too… just listen to the beauty he creates on “Plumage“… the players he has with him are just as talented… Tom Westcott’s bass and drums/cymbals from Joel Carberry make this tune come to life, and will relax you in most pleasant ways.
There’s always one song that gets picked as my personal favorite, and of the nineteen tunes offered up on this fantastic double-CD, it is (unquestionably) the 5:58 “Super Slow Blues” that got it… there are moments on this one where I’m reminded of the big hit “Super Session” album, but Dennis and his folks wring every last drop of “‘da blooz” out of this piece… it gets hit with “replay” often, and I’ve no doubt this song will get HUGE airplay on stations across the country!
I give Dennis and his excellent players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this superb double album… get more information on Dennis’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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