Taking the high road through cloudy, jazz-guitar heavens, New Guitar Summit endears as it rounds the Django- Wes Montgomery bases on Shivers.
Consisting of Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, and Gerry Beaudoin, New Guitar Summit revisit the Goodman/Hampton gem, "Flying Home," adding new bends and twists to the venerable classic. Mose Allison’s "Your Mind is On Vacation" benefits from the fleet fingered soloing of Beaudoin, and Robillard’s echoing reverberations. Guest guitarist Randy Bachman of BTO and Guess Who fame also sneaks in some tasty guitar licks on "Vacation" and Allison’s "Everbody’s Crying Mercy." But the star of this vehicle is Jay Geils, whose string mastery is evident all over the Charlie Christian/ Lionel Hampton title track.
Produced by Geils, New Guitar Summit’s Shivers is a rare treat to discover in the world of the download, a timeless slab of jazz-guitar nirvana that keeps on giving with each listen. It’s a keeper.
Shivers is out now on Stony Plain Records.