Randy Napoleon

Rust Belt Roots: Randy Napoleon Plays Wes Montgomery, Grant Green & Kenny Burrell

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Guitarist Randy Napoleon cut his teeth in the clubs of Detroit and throughout the midwest in the mid-nineties, only realizing after his move to New York how much his musical identity and values were forged by that scene. The jazz masters that still populate the region swing with uncompromising commitment, deeply steeped in the Blues and the language of Bebop. His years touring and recording with Freddie Cole, Benny Green, Michael Bublé and the Clayton Hamilton Orchestra only solidified his own position in that rich legacy, and with Rust Belt Roots, anchors that position through this celebration of the musical voices who led his way. With two quartets of mentors and now long-time colleagues - Rodney Whitaker, Rick Roe, Sean Dobbins, Paul Keller, Xavier Davis and Quincy Davis - Napoleon brings together the spirit and tunes of a region, offering another chapter to a story that's still being written.


Track Listing:

1 S.O.S. 5:03 Wes Montgomery
2 When They Go 4:56 Randy Napoleon
3 Grant's Tune 6:47 Grant Green
4 The Man Who Sells Flowers 4:21 Randy Napoleon
5 Beaux Arts 6:58 Buddy Montgomery
6 Jean De Fleur 5:49 Grant Green
7 Sunday Mornin' 4:59 Grant Green
8 Doujie 5:25 Wes Montgomery
9 The Tender Gender 5:54 Kenny Burrell
10 The Presence Of Fire 4:58 Randy Napoleon
11 Listen To the Dawn 7:16 Kenny Burrell
12 Lyresto 5:04 Kenny Burrell
13 Wes Like 5:37 Randy Napoleon
14 The Man Who Sells Flowers (solo) 2:10 Randy Napoleon

Performers:

Randy Napoleon - Guitar
Xavier Davis - Piano (1,3,5,11)
Rodney Whitaker - Bass (1,3,5,11)
Quincy Davis - Drums (1,3,5,11)
Rick Roe - Piano (2,4,6-10,12,13)
Paul Keller - Bass (2,4,6-10,12,13)
Sean Dobbins - Drums (2,4,6-10,12,13)

Production Info:

Produced by Randy Napoleon
Recorded by Eric Wojahn and Josh Wiechmann
at Solid Sound, Ann Arbor, MI
May 28 & July 3rd, 2018
(14) Recorded by Nathan Borton
Mixed & mastered by Jim Alfredson in Lansing, MI
Painting by Fay Kleinman
Artist photo by John Osler
Detroit photo by John Bishop
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of Rust Belt Roots: Randy Napoleon Plays Wes Montgomery, Grant Green & Kenny Burrell

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Tipping the cap to the sounds he loved growing up--the guitars of Montgomery, Green and Burrell as heard from his perch in Detroit, Napoleon has paid too may dues to manqué it up now. Ignoring the jazz police who thought this bunch was too commercial and didn't always give them the proper respect, Napoleon just lets fly. Even at the easiest mome ...









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