Doug Munro Big Boss Bossa Nova. CMD 8071
Here’s a bit of a surprising recording from Doug Munro. Surprising from the point of view that he has usually been associated with a more “straight ahead” type of jazz. Aside from “Stella by Starlight”, “Low Rider”, by “War”, and “Milestones” these are all written by Doug. All the tunes are played on nylon string guitar by Doug. . To quote Doug as it may make it simpler, “For the past couple of years, I have had the pleasure of playing a steady gig in a great Brazilian restaurant called “ Pantanals” in Port Chester, N.Y. During that time I developed a repertoire built specifically around the nylon string guitar. The gig at “Pantanals” has been a blast as well as a musically enriching experience for me. I know this CD represents a departure from my solo recordings but I wanted to share this music with you in the hope that you might dig my slightly twisted take on the bossa nova and samba”
This certainly is a departure for Doug and a good one. Doug uses his “chops” well. One has to wonder what was going on at Pantanals to create such a fun CD. Very arranged and musical. Great cast of musicians as well. Javon Jackson, sax, Ray Vega, trumpet, Harvie S., bass, Richie Morales, drums and percussion and others.
Definitely worth having!
Jack Wilkins 2005
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