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Straight Up

by B.D. Lenz

"Funk/jazz guitarist extraordinaire returns with a stripped down, straight-up set of originals sure to please those who like their jazz with a heaping helping of jam"
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Uh-Huh
5:18 $0.99
2. Straight Up
5:43 $0.99
3. I Take Refuge In U
6:46 $0.99
4. Joe Citizen
5:35 $0.99
5. Love, As A Flower Blossoms
4:55 $0.99
6. 3 + 5 = Blue
7:13 $0.99
7. Bridges
5:54 $0.99
8. Quiet Desperation
5:36 $0.99
9. Here And Now
5:22 $0.99
10. It's the Way of the World
5:15 $0.99
11. Us and Them
8:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
A groovin' collection of stripped-down, funk/jazz gems from guitarist B.D. Lenz.

JAZZ TIMES REVIEW - "Contemporary jazz guitarist BD Lenz's quartet lays down a funky, jamming vibe...integrating catchy good time grooves with moodier, blues-inflicted pieces."

JAZZ IMPROV REVIEW - "["Straight Up"]...is so there, so ideal, so darn near perfect that it makes a listener want to head straight up there in a pilgrimage to quality..."

B.D. Lenz - guitar
James Ashlar - piano/keys
James Rosocha - bass
Tom Cottone - drums

Special Guests:
Karl Latham - drums on "Bridges" and "Us and Them"
Dave Edwards - acoustic bass on "Bridges" and "Us and Them"
Geoff Mattoon - sax on "Us and Them"

About B.D. Lenz:
Mix the styles of Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, and Stevie Ray Vaughn and you have the recipe for contempo-jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz. This New Jersey native has released nine CDs as a leader featuring such greats as Randy Brecker, Will Lee, Mark Egan, & Joel Rosenblatt among others. His music has been featured on hundreds of TV shows globally for MTV, VH1, A&E, Comedy Central, USA, Spike, HGTV, etc., and his band has played thousands of gigs internationally.

"...Part of the reason for his accessibility is that he not only fuses jazz and rock, he complements it with warm chords of funk, soul, and rhythm and blues..." – New York Times

"Bottom Line: Lenz is a real embodiment of a guitar hero...But just like jaguars are born to run, Lenz is born to play...leaving the listener breathless in their musical journey with him. He is a big sound, a big talent..." – Jazz Inside Magazine



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Jerry Kachler

Straight Up
BD just keeps outdoing himself.
Incredible compositions.
Beautiful sound.
Straight up moves straight up to my favorite albums list.