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Bebop

by Jay Graydon

Extremely well produced straight-ahead NEW instrumental bebop jazz played by top-notch pro musicians, featuring Jay Graydon on guitar.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. Joe Graydon Tv Show 1951
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2. Oh Yes, There Will
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3. Blow Man
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4. 4.2
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5. Go 'way Moon
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6. Tubs
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7. C Bop
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8. My Hot Girth
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9. G Wizz
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10. Star Spangled Banner
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
With the release of the BEBOP album, twice Grammy awarded and 12 times nominated Los Angeles top songwriter, guitarist, producer, arranger, engineer, and more, Jay Graydon has once again made music history and blessed our souls with real quality MUSIC. This album is a definite must-hear and must-own for many hours of music happiness!

Jay Graydon's new masterpiece - BEBOP - is adding even more bright nuances to the multi-colored painting of his music genius. Those of you familiar with the way Jay expresses himself in pop music know that he has developed his very own style of playing, letting the guitar sometimes literally explode in a technically perfect aggressive solo and sometimes bleed in close harmonies and intense feeling - really squeezing the best out of the guitar.

A jazz album such as BEBOP does not offer any shortcuts or easy ways out by hiding behind distortion or cranking up the volume or using all kinds of helpful gadgets - you simply have to be a very good player and musician, and Jay Graydon surely proves his skill and versatility on this long awaited new jazz album.

Jay handles the guitar following the "less is more" concept, playing with subtle intelligence as well as technical accuracy. He is maybe first and foremost known for two very special ways of playing - the one note mute rhythm guitar playing and the wire choirs. Those specific styles of playing may not be what you expect to hear on a bebop album, but he actually manages to excel in an innovative and exquisite winding harmonic wire choir structure in one of the great melodies.

The tunes on the BEBOP album have a classic feel although they actually are entirely new, and it would be a musical sin not to include them in a new edition of the jazz notation "bible" - the Real Book. Jay waited many years before attempting a full-blown jazz album, although his childhood roots are in bebop, as you may hear on the initial track on the album, where he proudly declares his music preferences at the age of 2 on his father's TV show.

Jay Graydon is supported by a group of highly talented and solid sidemen on this album, all seasoned top-notch musicians. Brandon Fields, the incredibly gifted sax player contributes a beautiful tone to the new tunes and is truly inspired. Together with the other players on this highly recommended album - Dave Weckl, Dave Carpenter and Bill Cantos, these musicians form a synthesis of musicality, music quality, virtuosity, zest and total command of the bebop genre.

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Laszlo Szakadati

Fantastic !
I heard first Jay Graydon with his superb solo in Steely Dan's "Peg". From that point I followed him closely buying all his solo CD's and titles related to his work. With "Bebop" he is surfing into an exceptional instrumental jazz, showing his great talent in something he didn't do before. This is a fantastic CD, Jay can simply not go wrong !
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chris DiMella


The cd is killer!! playing is a 10++ best work Jay has done to this date a must in anyone cd line up. The man that played with the Dan is back!

Later,
Bro
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michael james moore

Real nice guitar with great jazz players
It's a great cd to play while driving.Sort of remindes me of Steely Dan days.
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Arnie Gross, Germany

"A wise choice!"
Fantastic compositions, incredible musicians, brilliant sound and for me the best of all: extremely “singalongable”. "Bebop" has been my daily companion on my way to work and home for a few weeks and uptil now I'm still getting more inspired and delighted every time I listen to it.
Most of the melodies sound like classic Jazz-tunes taken from legendary albums, but surprisingly they aren't.
Usually I'm not a big fan of pure Jazz, to be honest I prefer Fusion (like Track 6, “Tubs”, the genre-exception on this album). Perhaps the reason why I love this almost pure Jazz-record so much is the fact that it's made by a fusion guy like Jay. I don’t know.
On Track 1 you can hear Jay’s Dad saying that it’s "a wise choice" (of his two-year-old son!) prefering that kind of music (at least for one record that should be made by him 50 years later, but for me it should not be the last).
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stepin

great
I knew Jay Graydon listening Planet Three but I also like jazz music and Jay is a very great guitarist with such a lot of passion and creativity. Hi from Italy!
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Adrian Alexander, Australia

An absolute lesson in guitar playing!
I first fell in love with Jay's playing when he did Marc Jordan's Blue Desert album, but his mastery has been turned to a completely new genre on this album. The lines are long, flowing and melodic, and his accuracy and interpretation of melody are an absolute lesson in guitar playing. Blow Man is an awesome track, and I can't wait to buy the "Jam with the Band Track - minus guitar" - all I will need is about another 30 years of practice, and I might get some of it down. Jay, thanks for the inspiration man, I am practicing harder than I have in in the last 35 years.
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Lars Lundell

Well produced as always!
I've followed Jay's incredible music since the early 80's, and this album is yet another awesome piece of work. It's totally different from his other albums, but as usual extremely well played and well produced. If you wanna feel really happy - listen to this album! Thank you, Jay.
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Tony Sanders

More excellent guitar work from a master
Great playing all the way around. While quiet a departure from the screaming guitar solos I love so well, it shows the versatility of great musicianship.
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Tony Onstad

Proficient "tip of the hat" to the genre.
It's unfair to review this album without the context of knowing Graydon's mastery as a producer/arranger,because the virtual chaos and freedom in serious bebop is not his aesthetic bag.The writing is pretty linear,the solos great,the overall effect a little vacuous.The tune "Tubs" starts out as a 70's fusion thing,then moves back to more familiar territory(once again with great soloing),and for me is the only real keeper of the bunch.Oddly enough,Dave Weckl and Brandon Fields are the real stars here,and Graydon didn't mind showcasing these guys at all.Ultimately,it's too saccharin to recommend for a serious jazz enthusiast,or groove-pop fan(it misses both demographics).It's another case of a good talent trying to "stretch" themselves creatively,and reminding some of their fans that"your own backyard is still where you do your deepest thinking."
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DANNY

WHAT A PLEASANT SURPRISE FROM A KILLER PLAYER
Who knew??
Jay, you're unbelievable.
Is there anything you can't do with impeccable taste?
The playing is what you'd expect from a cast like this.
Bottom line:if you're a player or a fan, it's a must have. period!
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