NEW GUITAR SUMMIT
Shivers
(Stony Plain)

 

Guitarist Jay Geils rose to fame as the guitarist / leader of the rockin’ soul unit The J. Geils Band. Over the years he’s become a star of the swing jazz world and his production of the latest album with New Guitar Summit is his best yet. More than a case of rockers turning to jazz, the 2008 release of Shivers features Geils in swing jazz mode alongside heavy guitar hitters Duke Robillard and Gerry Beaudoin. Helping out on a pair of vocal cuts on the mostly instrumental CD is guitarist Randy Bachman, another rocker from The Guess Who and BTO, in addition to a pair of different rhythm sections. A mix of vintage jazz and blues, this latest New Guitar Summit set mixes originals in with covers of Mose Allison, Charlie Christian and Lionel Hampton and more. Commenting on the New Guitar Summit chemistry, 7 string guitarist Gerry Beaudoin adds, ‘It’s about amazing communication, the three of us really like and respect each other. Jay and I play together every month and come up with different sets of material, and when Duke gets together with us, it really is like falling off a log.’ Randy Bachman became involved in the project after he and Gerry Beaudoin met. “Randy and I crossed paths when I was selling some vintage guitars and we hit it off,” remembers Beaudoin. “When we were on our tour of Canada, we were able to record with him. Holger (Petersen) from Stony Plain Records and I both thought the two Mose tunes would be a good fit,” he adds. Shivers was produced by Jay Geils and recorded primarily at WellSpring Sound in Acton, Massachusetts with Timm Kelleher engineering. www.stonyplainrecords.com

 

 
   
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