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Jazz Guitar

by Sam Crain

Cool sounds on archtop, solidbody and nylon-string guitar. Standards such as Giant Steps and Bluesette are explored, as well as some original tunes. If you like jazz guitar, you'll love Jazz Guitar.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Like, Wayne
5:03 $0.99
2. Minor Mood
6:46 $0.99
3. Big Steppin'
3:06 $0.99
4. Day Song
1:47 $0.99
5. Och Hor Du Unga Dora(and listen, young Dora)
3:43 $0.99
6. Just Us
2:56 $0.99
7. Lullaby of Shumway
5:58 $0.99
8. There Will Always be Another You
2:39 $0.99
9. Who Cares?
5:11 $0.99
10. Autumn Gets Up and Leaves
3:30 $0.99
11. Bleuzet
2:14 $0.99
12. Blues on a Hot Fudge Sunday
3:34 $0.99
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Jazz Guitar

If you like straight-ahead jazz guitar, with definite bebop leanings but still with its own individual voice, then you may well enjoy this new
CD. 12 selections, many based on standards such as "Giant Steps", "Bluesette", "Just You Just Me" and more.

With the exception of 'Och Hor Du Unga Dora', a traditional Swedish folksong(translated, "and listen, young Dora")all the tunes are original. Some of them are just skeletal frameworks to improvise over(you'll hear a couple solos on bass and piano as well as guitar), based on changes from various standards. And there are a few out-and-out compositions. I'm hoping this will be as much fun for you to listen to as it was for me to play.

I'm happy to report buyers of "Jazz Guitar" here on CD Baby, in France, Switzerland, Hong Kong ,Australia ,Japan, Italy, Germany and Austria as well as here in the USA,two of whom wrote nice reviews which you can read just a little further down the page. This is also my most popular CD as far as downloads(though I prefer people buy the actual CD..).

It's also listed in "Building a Jazz Guitar Collection, Vol 4, at this URL:

LAST CD SOLD: 08/20/19 Thank you!!

yours in jazz guitar, Sam Crain

Anyway, here's something about the tunes:
"Like, Wayne" was written in '86 or so, for , like, Wayne Coniglio, a musician friend of mine. Wayne is a trombonist, playing mainly bass 'bone. This tune is also on my CD "Oop Bop Sh' Bang", but I actually like this version better.
"Minor Mood" is a medium-groove thing featuring solos on keyboard and bass as well as guitar. Being guilty at times of playing on top of the beat, this tune features just about the most 'laid-back' guitar solo I've done.
"Big Steppin'" is Giant Steps-type changes over a Bossa groove. In other words, me soloing over Giant Steps changes over a Bossa groove.
"Day Song" is also on my CD "Toasty Relief", and my CD "In Your Dreams"(there it's called Diurne). A pretty solo guitar piece.
"Och Hor Du Unga Dora", translated 'and listen young Dora', is a Swedish traditional folk song. I got it from Art Farmer's "To Sweden With Love" album(ca 1964), being one of my favorite selections on this classic jazz album.
"Just Us" is basically playing over changes similar to "Just You Just Me", while providing the Freddie Green-type accompaniment.
"Lullaby of Shumway" is based on 'Lullaby of Birdland' changes. A simple, but catchy line, played on all instruments. This tune is featured on my upcoming CD "Bird's-Eye View" and you can listen to it on my iSound site(for more info, visit my website).
"There will always be another You" is based on--right. You got it. No sense belaboring THAT point..
"Who Cares?" is the rude 2nd cousin to "So What". This 'melodization' and version is more in the fusion vein, and thus may be stretching the 'straight-ahead' envelope a bit here. But like the song says, who cares?
"Autumn Gets Up and Leaves". Hmm- must've been something I played. Nothing fancy here, just 3 1/2 choruses over changes-similar-to, but pretty inspired. Having a good day.
"Bleuzet" alternates between G and B-flat, and is basically a couple guitars having some fun in there. Given the altered spelling I guess this'd be the 'French cheese' version..
"Blues on a Hot Fudge Sunday" is an easygoing blues number featuring 5 guitars, 3 of them playing in harmony.

Oh yeah. One of the folks who wrote these nice reviews, Dennis Darling, is a friend of mine who also has his wares for sale here on CD Baby. Go to: for one of them. Nice tunes, and unlike me, he can sing..



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dennis Darling

This is one of Sam's best and most user-friendly discs.
Having listened to a lot of Sam's music over the years, I was still surprised by the smoothness and user-friendliness of this disc. His interpretation of standards is always rock-solid, but this one takes things to a whole new level. I know it's going to be one of my favorites for a good long while.

Gerry L

Cool arrangements and tasty solos
This was my first exposure to Mr. Crain. He based these tunes on standard changes familiar to most jazz listeners, but he brought something fresh and new to each one. Mr. Crain plays with a warm tone and his lines are fluid. The new melodies are fun to listen to, and I dug his improvisations on the changes. Whether you're familiar with a lot of jazz or just like to hear a melodic guitar player, I think you'll enjoy what Mr. Crain has come up with in this CD.