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Eddie Rides Again by Eddie Duran

Eddie Duran indeed rides again in this solo guitar outing. Having established himself decades ago with such luminaries as Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Vince Guaraldi, and Cal Tjader, this venerable San Francisco-based musician re-introduces his individual guitar style. He plays in a Django Reinhardt-influenced sound infused with Thelonious Monk-like logic. While a solo guitar recital might strike one as a laid-back, back-burner affair, this album is deceptively intense and personal. It compels one to sit up, listen and hitch a ride with Duran's flashy speed, hug the tight curves, maneuver intricately around obstacles, and proceed elegantly through the valleys. And like Monk, one never quite can anticipate what his next move will likely be. That's the pleasure of this excursion.

The journey starts on familiar routes like Rogers and Hart's "Isn't Romantic", Ira and George Gershwin's "They Can't Take That Away From Me," Miles Davis' "Four", Cole Porter's "I Love You" and even his own "Blues". Somewhere through each of these pieces, he takes detours left, leaves the road, motors up the side of a hill and sometimes back on that original road. His aforementioned blues tune starts traditionally but ends up somewhere entirely unexpected, while "Sueno" is introduced by a beautifully stated theme and Duran seems compelled or lured to continue on this gorgeous path.

Each of these improvised journeys is like a pointillist painting. Duran composes his sonic pictures by applying small precise strokes or jagged points that ultimately reveal a cohesive impressionist composition.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Eddie Duran
  • CD Title: Eddie Rides Again
  • Genre: Cool Jazz
  • Year Released: 2000
  • Record Label: Mad Eddie Records
  • Musicians: Eddie Duran (guitar)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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