Mark Holzinger | Take-off Guitar! (feat. Simon Planting & John Waller)

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Take-off Guitar! (feat. Simon Planting & John Waller)

by Mark Holzinger

The Hall of Fame guitarist takes off on vintage swing guitar tunes he has played throughout his life. Backed by his core group, many fun twists come into play with special guest musicians!
Genre: Jazz: Retro Swing
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  Song Share Time Download
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1. Avalon (feat. Jeff Sanford, Simon Planting, John Waller & Terry Rodriguez)
4:39 album only
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2. Cherokee (feat. Terry Rodriguez, Simon Planting & John Waller)
4:25 album only
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3. Right or Wrong (feat. Conrad Deisler, Bobby Black, Jim Hurley, Simon Planting & John Waller)
3:47 album only
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4. Caravan (feat. Jason Bellenkes, Simon Planting, John Waller & Olen Dillingham)
5:10 album only
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5. All the Things You Are (feat. Simon Planting & John Waller)
6:27 album only
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6. Jammin' with Jimmy (feat. Bobby Black, Olen Dillingham, Simon Planting & John Waller)
4:02 album only
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7. Blue Drag (feat. Jim Hurley, Simon Planting & John Waller)
4:00 album only
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8. Why Oh Why (feat. Bobby Black, Jim Hurley, Simon Planting & John Waller)
3:54 album only
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9. Black Orpheus (feat. Simon Planting & John Waller)
6:09 album only
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10. Seven Come Eleven (feat. Jason Bellenkes, Simon Planting, John Waller & Terry Rodriguez)
3:45 album only
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11. Moonlight in Vermont (feat. Simon Planting & John Waller)
6:25 album only
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12. Hot 'n' Bothered (feat. Terry Rodriguez, Simon Planting & John Waller)
6:11 album only
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Take-off Guitar!

Mark Holzinger
Reel Zinger Records

It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that I remember saving my allowance and planning a trip to the record shop to look through bin after bin of old jazz and foreign titles. I would go with a friend and we would spend hours searching and I can recall many times buying an early blues or rock album, rushing home, putting it on the turn table and reading the liner notes while listening.

Any warped records we needed to play had to have the penny placed on the stylus to weigh it down so the needle would not skip. True story. It was like a crazy dream to enjoy every word and romantic notion, perhaps a cultural ritual that has now gone away.

Mark Holzinger’s Take-off Guitar release is a fresh throwback to that day. The music has that classic sound when you think of early swing played on the radio in the 1940’s and 50’s. The guitar had taken over the world and it started when guitar pioneers like Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian and Joe Pass made the guitar an important sound in jazz.

The CD imagery on the new Holzinger offering is steeped in retro art, which tends to capture the simplistic cover image of an old time record, sparse on color but very telling.
In those days it seems there was no intentional direction to the artwork of an esthetic design or art “concept” album.

Take-off Guitar! uses some pictographs from the martini days of the 50’s… the robot and the young couple dancing on the old 33’s and ’78’s. The 50s clip art really fits the music.

By the way, we need to ask award winning guitarist Mark Holzinger what was the advice your mentor Barney Kessel gave you?

Jonesy Collins April, 2019

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