The Guitar Trio/Quartet

The repertoire of this band is a mixture of the lessor-known compositions of Thelonious Monk, along with modern jazz compositions that are particularly suited to the guitar that I’ve chosen over the course of the last 35 years.

The lead instrumentalists in this group are the very best jazz guitarists that I know of in New York City, including Paul Bollenback, Pete McCann, Nate Radley and Tom Guarna, all of whom I’ve been lucky to make music with many years.

An interesting experiment of mine in recent years has been to combine these groups into quartets featuring two guitarists in the front line. As it turns out, this is not merely a novelty; as each is able to create chordal accompaniments while the other improvises mainly single note lines, the group sound fills out harmonically, with the combinations of guitars almost sounding at times like a single instrument. It’s also a lot of fun to hear two great guitarists reacting to and interacting with each other, and working to compliment each other’s style.

Personnel

Paul Bollenback and/or Nate Radley and/or

Pete McCann and/or Tom Guarna, guitar

Matt Clohsey or Noriko Ueda, bass

Chuck Braman, drums

 

Alternates:

Evan Gregor, Thomson Kneeland, bass

Videos

  • Light Blue (Thelonious Monk) w. Khabu Doug Young, Matt Clohsey

  • Ugly Beauty (Thelonious Monk) w. Khabu Doug Young, Matt Clohsey

  • San Francisco Holiday (Thelonious Monk) w. Nate Radley, Khabu

  • Chance (Kenny Kirkland) w. Nate Radley, Khabu, Matt Clohsey

  • Reflections (Thelonious Monk) w. Nate Radley, Evan Gregor

  • Change of Heart (Pat Metheny) w. Nate Radley, Evan Gregor

Photos

Repertoire

Thelonious Monk:

A Merrier Christmas

Ask Me Now

Ba-lue Boliver Ba-lues-are

Bemsha Swing

Blue Hawk

Boo Boo’s Birthday

Brake’s Sake

Coming On The Hudson

Criss Cross

Friday The 13th

Gallop’s Gallop

Introspection

Let’s Call This

Light Blue

Misterioso

Monk’s Dream

Monk’s Mood

Played Twice

Reflections

Ruby, My Dear

San Francisco Holiday

Skippy

Thelonious

Think Of One

Ugly Beauty

Who Knows?

Work

John Abercrombie:

Foolish Door

John’s Waltz

Paramour

Ralph’s Piano Waltz

 

Pat Metheny:

Bright Size Life

Change of Heart

H&H

James

Never Too Far Away

Sirabhorn

Unity Village

 

Richie Beirach:

Broken Wing

Nightlake

Stray

Veils

Zol

 

Leni Stern:

Fortunate Fall

Monica

Promise

 

Agua Vihno (Egberto Gismonti)

Chance (Kenny Kirkland)

Four Winds (Dave Holland)

Lonely Woman (Horace Silver)

Summer Band Camp (Mick Goodrick)

Toy Tune (Wayne Shorter)

Schedule

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