Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Cup O'Joe

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Cup O'Joe

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Cup O'Joe

Joe Friedman

NAS Music 3

Joe Friedman (gtr) George Colligan (pno) Peter Washington (bs) Neal Smith (dms) Renato Thomas (percussion) Recorded January 28, 2006 at New York City

Pure Imagination/Bolivar Blues/A Darker Shade Of Rose/Cup O'Joe/My Romance/Who's The Lady/'Round Midnight/Myna Bird Blues/Stairway To The Stars/Blowin' The Blues Away TT: 53:17

This is the debut recording of this guitarist. He plays both the acoustic and electric instrument on this CD. I might add that he is master of them both. His playing is just brilliant. Joe hails from St. Louis and his early training and influences are from there. Not a bad start at all. Those of us who were fortunate enough to be at the St. Louis Convention of IAJRC can attest of the high standard of music from that city.

He eventually ended up in New York City and now we have this CD. He chose his sidemen well. George Colligan was not known to me before this disc. I checked him out and from the generosity of Fresh Sound Records was provided with some more examples of his music. See other reviews in this issue for information on Colligan. I will only say here that he is one fine pianist who knows how to solo and accompany. …

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