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by Rick Whitehead

Recorded in 1993,this previously unreleased CD is a variety of some different guitar styles ; including Swing,Bop,Jazz trio,Latin and original tunes with special guest Charlie Byrd and some multi track production.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lover
2:58 album only
2. BeBop
4:24 album only
3. Out of Nowhere
3:31 album only
4. Lullaby of Birdland
4:03 album only
5. Wherever it Takes You
5:22 album only
6. Lush Life/UMMG
7:48 album only
7. August Rain
3:08 album only
8. Children Playing
3:41 album only
9. Caravan
4:30 album only
10. Blues II
4:50 album only
11. So Many Stars
3:43 album only


Album Notes
Rick began this recording project right after he retired with 22 years in the U. S. Air Force Band’s jazz ensemble Airmen of Note. At the same time the Rick Whitehead Trio was formed and they decided to record some CDs. After three CDs, one solo guitar CD, Rick finally pulled the Guitaristic project off the shelf and has now finished the production of the recording.

Guitaristic is a collection of previously unreleased recordings from 1993. They are centered on the guitar and include several multi-track productions as well as a spontaneous duo with special guest Charlie Byrd on four of the tracks. The styles range from bebop, ballads, swing, smooth and also include three of Rick’s original tunes. Also heard on some of the tracks are pianist Stef Scagiarri, Dave Wundrow/bass and Mike Shepard/drums. Anything that works well with the guitar was the emphasis of this project. There’s an up-tempo version of Lover using 22 guitar tracks. There’s a coupling of two Billy Strayhorn tunes, Lush Life and UMMG where guitars are used for the background parts. These are just a few of the different recordings found on this CD.



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Andrea Ricci Cannon

What a treat it is to find this CD! Rick Whitehead is a top-notch, world-class jazz guitarist. This CD represents a project he started working on for fun back in the ‘90’s, and then let sit on the shelf for years. It was released in 2008 – and I just found out about it (four years later!) and got my copy in the mail yesterday.

So, here we are in the 21st Century with previously unreleased music by Rick and the late, great Charlie Byrd. For those four cuts alone this CD is worth the price.

But that’s not all - Rick wrote three of the tunes on this project – “Wherever It Takes You,” “August Rain,” and “Children Playing.” As far as I know – there are no other recordings of his compositions and he doesn’t perform them live, either. They’re great tunes and hopefully will now find their way into the standard jazz rep of other artists as well.

There are also jazz quartet renderings of several tunes – ‘Caravan’ is one of those and is a stunning example of the blazing chops and level of artistry of Rick and company.

If you’re familiar with Rick’s other recordings – the three w/ his Trio as well as ‘Notes From Home’ for solo jazz guitar – this one is a complement to his body of work. It’s Rick just having fun w/ the multi-tracker. Shows another side of his playing and personality.

Rick’s talents as a guitarist and as a writer deserve wider recognition. I, for one, am very, very grateful this project did not remain on the shelf!

alan webb the guitar studio

guitaristic is terrific
i have all of rick's recordings! some of this reminds me of les paul's multitracks where he sped up the tape. however rick is flying here in real time. i highly recommend all his work. back to the woodshed for me...peace