‘Cool Guitars’ is a choice seven track EP of instrumentals played by some of the best guitar players in the business. It is the sort of surprise package that might just prove to be one of the sensations of 2017 and certainly the deep, totally absorbing groove of what is simply titled as ‘Intro’ (complete with spoken word narrative extolling the virtues of guitar driven music) lays down a stunning marker for what this totally cool collection is all about.
On its own it entirely justifies investing in this brilliantly produced recording yet when this opening segues into the easy grooving ‘The New Cool’, which features the always excellent U-Nam, it checks every contemporary jazz box imaginable. Indeed the eclecticism of the whole project is enhanced by frequent switching of featured artists and as Mark Bowers takes centre stage with ‘Astoria Park’ he delivers what proves to be an extremely understated gem.
Later the legendary Ronnie Jordan teams with Mel Davis for the hip, streetwise ‘No Looking Back’ that is right up there with the best that ‘Cool Guitars’ has to offer while elsewhere it is Smooth Jazz Therapy favourite Dee Brown that adds his own kind of magic to the tunefully laid back ‘Music Is Music’.
Later, Nick Morrison takes charge for the bluesy ‘You Get It Started’ and as ‘Cool Guitars’ wends its way to what seems like an altogether premature end Nick Morrison stays around to partner with Vernon Clark for the wonderfully atmospheric ‘Cool The Groove’.
‘Cool Guitars’ is out now and comes highly recommended