But goal accomplished...As a successful composer and Groove Jazz guitarist it has been a enlightening journey entering a genre where none of that really mattered. You can be a world class player but if you don't have proper technique and tone production in Gypsy Jazz everyone who is involved with this wonderful music will know. My eventual goal was to learn to play Gypsy Jazz well enough that I could hang with really good players in this genre and then add what I came into this with to form my own sound and vision. I have met many of you along the way and we have become friends and hanging buddies and my life has been enriched by many of you, here on the forum and in person, Bones and Michael H first, then Michael Bauer who taught me about guitars, history and players whom I was not aware of. Tommy Davy, Buco, Richter, Wim, Christiaan and Denis whom I have learned a lot from...etc. (sorry if i am leaving anyone out). I really enjoy picking up the guitar and playing it now, way more than I used to even at my advancing age. My technique is way better than when I started, as Denis would say Gypsy Jazz is "The Way".
I have after 6 yrs decided to put out my next and possibly last solo album. It features some of the top players from The Groove Jazz World like Rayford Griffin (Jean Luc Ponty, Stanley Clarke etc) Greg Manning (Dave Koz, Mindy Abair etc) and others, and players from the GJ world like Christiaan Van Hemert and Nick Coventry on violin and Ludovic Beier on accordina. I also include my GJ brothers The Idiomatiques on a number of cuts.
Here is a teaser...hope you like!