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Land Ho

by Jay Craggs

His guitar chops have kept him in demand both live and in the studio, and this CD has it all - jazz, fusion, R&B and pop.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Land Ho
5:22 $0.99
2. Harbor Lights
5:10 $0.99
3. You & Me
5:20 $0.99
4. I Need You
3:36 $0.99
5. The Face
5:39 $0.99
6. All Night
4:16 $0.99
7. Go Left
4:40 $0.99
8. Please Don't Go
4:56 $0.99
9. Can't Find Love
4:39 $0.99
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Guitarist Jay Craggs has entertained audiences across the country with his impressive technique, great feel, and command of his instrument. Jay's first solo album, "Land Ho", features pianist Frank Mantooth, bassists Bob Lizik & Larry Gray, trumpeter Jeff Tyzik, drummers Dave Mancini & Jim Hines, and Jay's original music. His styles of choice range from jazz to funk to R&B to rock&roll. Jay also recorded with the group "Dyad" performing on guitar and lead vocals, also available on CD Baby her: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dyad

As a guitarist and composer, Jay has shared the stage, recorded with, or opened for many jazz and rock notables including Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Buddy Rich, Yellowjackets, Paul Pesco, Kansas, Bobby Shew, James Moody, Bob Mintzer, Frank Mantooth, Phil Collen, Rare Silk, Ryan Truesdell, Chris Vadalla, Ritchie Cole, Rich Little, Tommy Holland, Steve Houghton, Dennis DiBlasio, Steve Wiest, Ernie Adams, Mary Karlzen, and many others.

Jay's album credits for performing or engineering include Better Way, by the group Dyad (for Stoic, 2003) (also available through CD Baby at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dyad), Cloud Faktory, & Play On by the group Retrobeast (for Earth Island Records, 2003, 2005), Sophisticated Lady by Frank Mantooth, (for SeaBreeze, 1995), Land Ho, a solo album (for Stoic, 1994), Stain, by Living Colour, (for Epic,1993), and producer and engineering credits on many regional and local artist CD projects.

Jay's technical background is in demand in recording studios and by performing artists, and he has published several guitar and technology-related magazine articles. He has worked with a variety of national acts as a sound designer and audio consultant including Adrian Belew, Rush tour, Prince tour, David Bowie tour, Living Colour, Lou Reed tour, Night Ranger, Frank Mantooth, the Tom-Tom Club, Al DiMeola, and others.

Film Credits include soundtrack audio engineering contributions to the 2010 International Emmy Award winner “The World According to Ion B", an HBO Romania documentary. Album credits for performing or engineering include Better Way, by the group Dyad (Stoic, 2003), Cloud Faktory, & Play On by the group Retrobeast (Earth Island Records, 2003, 2005), Sophisticated Lady by Frank Mantooth (SeaBreeze, 1995), Stain by Living Colour (Epic,1993), and producer and engineering credits on many regional and local artist CD projects. Jay's first solo album, "Land Ho" (Stoic, 1994), featured pianist Frank Mantooth, bassist Larry Gray, trumpeter Jeff Tyzik, drummer Dave Mancini, and Jay's original music.

Jay is also active as a technical consultant, composer, arranger, studio guitarist, recording engineer, and as a MIDI sequence programmer. Projects have included album work, radio and TV jingles, sequencing for live performance, video underscoring, and post-production. Clients have included national performing acts, corporations, regional artists and retailers.

As an educator, Jay has developed curriculum and taught college level music technology courses for Columbia College Chicago, Madison Media Institute, and UW-Whitewater. Jay has presented many music technology related clinics, lectures, and performances throughout the U.S., including the Grove School of Music, Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.), Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, Full Sail School of the Recording Arts, University of Nebraska-Omaha, UW-Platteville, Carroll College, North Central College, NACA Conferences, and international music industry trade shows such as NAMM.

ALBUM REVIEW: Jay Craggs "Land Ho" [Stoic 1001]
Danny Mager-"Night Sights & Sounds" Magazine, Madison, WI

When people think "Milwaukee", the images they conjure up usually have something to do with suds and sausage. Musically, Wisconsin's largest city boasts an active alternative rock and heavy metal scene, healthy country clubs, and a very nice smattering of the blues. Ah, but there's more to the Brew City's music scene than meets the eye - it is also home to an innovator in the world of jazz fusion, Jay Craggs.

Jazz fusion is not something you see everyday in the east side clubs. Nonetheless, Craggs has issued his first CD of jazz fusion,"Land Ho", to enter into Milwaukee's increasingly interesting music mix. Land Ho falls somewhere in the middle of the fusion universe; a little softer than the Dixie Dregs, yet considerably more rocking than Pat Metheny. The title track has a decidedly Caribbean flavor to it as steel drums are interspersed with soaring guitar and pulsating bass.

Craggs years of intense training are quite apparent as each track on "Land Ho" explores a different musical space, from the more funkified jazz of "The Face" to the rocking "I Need You" on which Craggs adds vocals replete with a corps of female backup singers, to the downright Stevie-Wonderish "All Night". For Jay Craggs, who has worked as a consultant to such established stars as Adrian Belew, Rush, Prince, and the Tom Tom Club, his musical ship definately seems to have come in with "Land Ho".



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For fans of Carlton, Ritenour, Ford, Benson...
The album is full of very well crafted uptempo compositions. Jay's music has a very wide appeal and fans of early Lee Ritenour, George Benson or Spyro Gyra will be delighted by "Land Ho". Those of you into Chicago and Toto will also find something interesting.

Jay's guitar sound is not unlike Steve Lukather's. He's a very lyrical player. The whole album really grooves. The sound, mainly the keyboards, might be a little dated but the songs have stood the test of time !

That's definitively an undiscovered jewel.... 12 years after its release it is still not too late to buy and enjoy this excellent recording !


Taste, Tone & Talent
Jay's playing & songwriting are top notch. He definately knows his way around the fret board, but he doesn't let it get in the way of writing a great song.


Wow! Like Carlton only more raw!
Wow! Like Larry Carlton only more raw - like Robben Ford crossed w/Carlton.


Cool CD, also an awesome live show
The playing live is just as good as the CD! At the South Shore Water Festival in Milwaukee (we barely got in it was totally packed) Jay was on stage with a horn band called "Cold Sweat" and his solos were insane!


A Real Guitarslinger!
I have heard this guy live in Milwaukee playing with several different bands ranging from straight-ahead to R&B to rock, and he is an amazing player. Highly reccomended.