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The "Be-Bop" Guitars...and More!

by The Be-Bop Guitars

The inaugural release by this great band of faculty guitarists from the famed Berklee College Of Music in Boston. Swinging arrangements for guitar ensemble with 5 guitars playing the parts as if they were horn players along with the rhythm section!
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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1. Blues Update
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2. Chucho
5:40 $0.99
3. God Bless the Child
7:59 $0.99
4. Old Devil Moon
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5. Seven Steps to Heaven
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6. Seascape
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7. Nostalgia in Times Sq.
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8. Bluesette
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9. Freddie the Freeloader
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10. Polka Dots & Moonbeams
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11. Doxy
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12. Berklee Shuffle
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The “Be-Bop” Guitars is an all-faculty band from Berklee College Of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Berklee is known worldwide as the epicenter of contemporary guitar education. This unique group features 5 of Berklee’s time honored guitar faculty performing specialized arrangements that show the diversity of the instrument and of the performers. The remainder of the band: trumpet/flute, vibes, bass & drums are also from the esteemed Berklee faculty. The 9 members of the band have a combined total of over 200 years of Berklee Jazz educator experience, and an equal number of years in which the individuals have performed in numerous musical settings throughout the world.
The group began in 1990 by performing arrangements from “Supersax” and other similar ensembles. Later, the group expanded their repertoire by adding to the “book”, writing new arrangements and compositions. Although rooted in the “Bop” tradition, the band plays a variety of materials that reflect the long history of Jazz music. Over the years, the ensemble has garnered a steady following of fans that enjoy guitar-oriented Jazz.

"ARMY OF GUITARS Jazz guitar enthusiasts - and there are a lot of us around - are going to need this terrific CD in our collections……Solid arrangements, top-notch playing and a very cool original, "Berklee Shuffle," with some great unison guitar and scatting from group leader John Baboian."
Ed Symkus, "The Tab, Boston"

"BE-BOP GUITARS!: Enjoyed it immensely. I'm a sucker for good guitar anyways, so when you multiply it by five - it's a winner with me. Of course the musicianship is flawless, as you would expect from guys who teach it. A well-rounded mix of tunes too. All in all a superb example of what great jazz is all about."
Vic Hall, WUSF Radio, Tampa, FL

"The guitars on this album are from the faculty of Berklee College Of Music in Boston, MA backed by fellow faculty colleagues…..What is presented is solid, imaginative playing within the traditions of this jazz genre using a variety of supporting instrumentation that make this album work……The play list, the arrangements and the performances reveal the considerable preparation taken to make this album. This was not a case of a bunch of guys who decided one day to throw together an album honoring bop guitarists. Musical Director Baboian and his friends have produced a fine album that is heartily endorsed."
David Nathan, All About Jazz.com

"The Be-Bop Guitars 4/4+
This is an excellent set of cool relaxing standards along with some blues, mild samba and a couple of vocals. The musicians are faculty members at Berklee College of Music. Five of the ten members play guitar. They manage to play complementary, not congested, arrangements. It's proof that many of those who teach can also play, and play very well!
D. Oscar Groomes, O's Place Jazz Newsletter, NJ



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