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by Steve Herberman

Solo fingerstyle jazz played on a 7-string guitar. Reminiscent of Ted Greene, George Van Eps, Joe Pass and Lenny Breau at times but also quite unique.
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. For George
3:52 $0.99
2. Buzzy
3:46 $0.99
3. I Surrender Dear
3:49 $0.99
4. For Django
3:53 $0.99
5. Blood Count
2:58 $0.99
6. Girl from Englewood Cliffs
5:29 $0.99
7. Lush Life
3:35 $0.99
8. Will the Sun Rise?
4:49 $0.99
9. Time Remembered
4:04 $0.99
10. My Foolish Heart
2:42 $0.99
11. Turn out the Stars
5:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
The title Counterbalance references my solo guitar philosophy; balancing two or three melody lines on the guitar, with as much improvisation as possible. Solo guitar became a passion of mine when I was 16 years old, listening to and studying Johnny Smith, George Van Eps, Lenny Breau and Joe Pass. I've wanted to record a solo guitar album for the longest time and am pleased that this project has finally seen the light of day. The program is mostly ballads mainly to showcase the multi-line or contrapuntal techniques that I love so much. As my hero George Van Eps used to say, “my approach doesn't work well at jackrabbit tempos.”
All of the tunes on this CD were recorded at my home except the first track, For George, recorded at Blue House in Kensington MD. After recording my tracks, I took them to Jeff Gruber at Blue House where he worked his EQ and mastering magic. These solo recordings contain no edits, all recorded in a single take. Here is a brief track description:
For George was written for two George's; Van Eps and Gershwin, who were longtime friends of one another. My melody was written over a reharmonization of the chords to Gershwin's Embraceable You.
Buzzy is a blues I put into the key of E to take advantage of the open strings, Bird's iconic melody is only heard at the very end.
I Surrender Dear is a tune I first heard the guitar innovator Charlie Christian play on but is seldom played these days.
For Django is a great waltz written by Joe Pass from the life-changing album by the same name.
Blood Count and Lush Life are two harmonically-rich compositions by the great composer/pianist Billy Strayhorn. Girl From Englewood Cliffs was written with Emily Remler in mind, a big early influence, gone all too soon. My melody line is written over the chord changes to Johnny Mandel's "Emily."
I wrote Will the Sun Rise? Over the chord changes to Luiz Bonfa's Manha De Carnaval though I play an abbreviated song form on this track.
Another hero, pianist Bill Evans, was the inspiration for recording Time Remembered and Turn Out The Stars. He also loved playing the tune My Foolish Heart which I've wanted to include in the program.

Thanks to my family for all of their support and for putting up with all of my crazy home recording projects. Thanks to Jeff Gruber for his engineering expertise and to Bill Comins for building me an amazing instrument to play on. Also thanks to Gianluca LaBoria at GLB Sound for building me an incredibly beautiful signature model amplifier. A sincere thank you to all of my students, the crew at Mike's Masterclasses, and to all who've supported my music, especially my teachers and mentors.



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