ARMY OF GUITARS Jazz guitar enthusiasts - and there are a
lot of us around - are going to need this terrific CD in our collections Solid
arrangements, top-notch playing and a very cool original, "Berklee
Shuffle," with some great unison guitar and scatting from group leader
KCME Radio, Colorado Springs, Colorado
BE-BOP GUITARS!: Enjoyed it immensely. I'm a sucker for good
guitar anyways, so when you multiply it by five - it's a winner with me.
Of course the musicianship is flawless, as you would expect from guys who
teach it. A well-rounded mix of tunes too. All in all a superb example of
what great jazz is all about. I'll play the hell out of this one.
The guitars on this album are from the faculty of Berklee
College Of Music in Boston, MA backed by fellow faculty colleagues ..What
is presented is solid, imaginative playing within the traditions of this
jazz genre using a variety of supporting instrumentation that make this
album work The play list, the arrangements and the performances
reveal the considerable preparation taken to make this album. This was not
a case of a bunch of guys who decided one day to throw together an album
honoring bop guitarists. Musical Director Baboian and his friends have produced
a fine album that is heartily endorsed.
BE-BOP GUITARS was a lot of fun to play and received
good marks from the audience. There are just so many amateur guitarists
and they always look forward to the new things we introduce on air featuring
the guitar. Berklee Shuffle was the track aired the most.
The Be-Bop Guitars 4/4+
This is an excellent set of cool relaxing standards along with some blues,
mild samba and a couple of vocals. The musicians are faculty members at
Berklee College of Music. Five of the ten members play guitar. They manage
to play complementary, not congested, arrangements. It's proof that many
of those who teach can also play, and play very well!
"The Be-Bop Guitars" - Excellent ensemble
playing here by Berklee's guitar instructors plus added trumpet and some
vocals. ..We really enjoyed the ensemble playing Wes' Polka Dots solo
"a la Supersax". Incredible Jazz Guitar.
KZYX / KZYZ Radio, Boonville, California
The Be-Bop Guitars - all five of them - are faculty
members at Boston's renowned Berklee School of Music, as are the other members
of their bright-eyed and bushy-tailed nonet. I can't say whether all five
guitars ever play at the same time, but there's certainly no overkill here
with nimble solos by all hands ..For guitar lovers, a bounteous basket
I have no numbers at hand, but I suspect the Berklee
School of Music has a faculty that exceeds in number the total student body
of many other music schools. Thus it's no surprise to find we have five
guitar profs here (are there others?) who've drawn together to offer some
highly professional and highly pleasing guitar music Considering
their background, it's no surprise that they all play well, whether working
the arrangements or taking solos. And, as it turns out, the arrangements
are distinctly perceptive and pleasing. They do a good job of giving the
listener a new view of some high quality pieces, resulting in a different
and pleasing listening experience.
Jersey Jazz newsletter
New Jersey Jazz Society, Roseland NJ
On this album, the illustrious (Berklee) guitar
faculty plays in unison, in harmonies, both standard and atypical, and generally
strut their stuff through a long set of standards and two originals. As
should be expected from such a technical bunch, the tunes are tightly arranged,
and I mean thistight. The recording must've been handled by the school's
top engineer in their recording program, because there's a sheen on these
tracks that can be seen as well as heard. The highlights are too numerous
to mention. If you're a guitarist, or like guitar jazz, get this, what we
suspect is a hard to find album.
Each year I'm asked for my picks of the best jazz
Cds. While not fond of "Top Ten" lists, here is a list of my favorites
out of more that a thousand CDs which came my way last year. Jim's Favorite
Jazz CDs of 2001:
The "Be-Bop" Guitars and more! (We made the list that included
many great CDs)