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Concentration

by Jay Messer

Soothing solo jazz guitar with all original arrangements.
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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1. I Get Along Without You
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2. Pensativa
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3. Cry Me a River
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4. Little Rootie Tootie
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5. Lover Man
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6. Concentration
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7. Goodbye Porkpie Hat
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8. Detour Ahead
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9. Ruby My Dear
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10. The Birds and the Bees
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Liner notes for "Concentration"

The large cities of each coast are reputed to attract the highest level of jazz musicians, and it seems to be an endorsement of a player’s ability and seriousness to mention that one lives or has lived there. Granted, I can understand that perception when considering all of the great, well-known musicians found in those cities, along with the enormous competition. But I also know and encounter truly world-class, seasoned musicians in very unlikely geographic locations, often far from the metropolitan areas reputed to have the best. Just a few guitarist “for instances” would include my friends Fred Fried, Lennie Stelos, the late Jack Fragomeni, and Jay Messer, who currently hails from a small town in Western Massachusetts.

I can speak from experience when I say that solo guitar is a most challenging way to perform, making “Concentration” a most appropriate CD title. Not only is your musical train of thought and instrumental ability completely exposed, but there also is no interplay with other instruments to help “keep the ball in the air,” and the song’s momentum can never be allowed to waver. Everything you play is obvious. Jay has certainly met this challenge with imagination, sensitivity, and mastery. His choice of songs is excellent, and he expressed them with depth and beauty, including the wonderful Thelonious Monk ballad “Ruby, My Dear,” “Goodbye Porkpie Hat” by Charles Mingus, and “Detour Ahead” by Lou Carter, Herb Ellis, and John Frigo. A real surprise was hearing “The Birds and the Bees” by the late guitarist Attila Zoller played as a waltz. It reminded me that I first encountered Jay some years ago when we performed together at a birthday tribute concert for Attila, who was a mentor to both of us. I was impressed with him then, but in this recording Jay revealed to me yet another facet of his musicianship. I would like to add that he recorded solely on an acoustic archtop guitar, which added a woody, warm, and natural resonance to the music.

So I agree that you find many of the best jazz musicians residing in the large cities of both coasts. But, thanks to Jay Messer, not all of them.

Mitch Seidman
(Boston-based jazz guitarist Mitch Seidman has performed throughout the U.S. and overseas, and his performances and recordings have included numerous renowned jazz musicians. He is also a Professor at Berklee College of Music and was a contributing editor to 20th Century Guitar Magazine)


Jay Messer, Jazz Guitarist
Jazz guitarist, producer, composer, arranger and band leader since the 70’s, Jay Messer has been leading his own ensembles, performing throughout New England, at West Coast Jazz Festivals and at performances in Paris. Studying with guitar masters Barry Galbraith, Herb Ellis, Attila Zoller and Tal Farlow, Jay developed a strong Jazz style of his own at a young age.
Jay Messer has recorded with the Marion Brown Quintet in NYC for Venus records and with The Paradise City Jazz Band, The Dagnello Quintet and John Norris as well as recordings for Jazz Improv Magazine. He has performed with many Jazz artists including Herb Ellis, Eddy Jones, Tom McClung, Ed Byrne, Steve McCraven, Benny Waters, Eddy Lock, among others. His recordings, a solo guitar CD “Sly Entrance” (2000) and with The Jay Messer Quintet a CD “Bayside” (2001) have received rave reviews from newspapers and international magazines including Jazz Improv and Cadence magazine. Jay’s most recent recordings are; his 2nd solo guitar CD titled “Concentration” released in October, 2010, and a new quintet project recorded in November, 2010, due to be released in the Spring of 2011. He continues to compose, arrange and perform locally and in Paris. www.jaymesser.com


Jay Messer performs high quality Jazz with a repertoire from the 1920’s forward to contemporary Jazz composers. His repertoire spans “Fats”Waller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, the Great American Song Book, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, & Antonio Carlos Jobim.



Jay Messer and his quintet, is Jazz at once readily accessible and subtly nuanced. It’s also simply beautiful”.
John Stifler, The Daily Hampshire Gazette

“ Jay is a very beautiful and interesting guitarist, composer, arranger and a master of the inner line harmony.”
Marion Brown

“Messer’s Quintet finds a wealth of riches that allow for another angle of individual expression.”
Jazz Improv Magazine

“Many play the guitar well (some maybe too well),know about the main cats, write nice tunes, etc...but something is often missing. I guess it’s the depth and maturity from someone who’s been living and honing their style for a long time...like Jay.
Mitch Seidman, Professor at Berklee College of Music, Boston, and was contributing
editor to 20th Century Guitar Magazine

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