Formally associated with the pop rock genre, guitarist Rick McGuire takes a different perspective with his 2013 EP ‘Required Jazz’. It is his fifth release, contains 3 songs and is his first excursion into the world of instrumental smooth jazz.
The project's first single is titled ‘Crazy’ and as well as having that distinct funky Minneapolis sound is also a fine recommendation for a recording on which McGuire plays lead and rhythm guitars plus bass and drums.
Also on the EP is local keyboard legend Donnie La Marca who lays down great textures behind McGuire’s bluesy jazz guitar riffs. It could well be required listening for all those who enjoy contemporary jazz served up in a way that is not too smooth.