Jack Wilkins

Mexico

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Jack Wilkins is an excellent guitarist deserving of wider recognition. This 1992 CTI release might get overlooked by hard bop fans because of producer Creed Taylor's tendency to either over-produce a session or turn it into commercial pabulum, but this out of print CD is worth acquiring. "Dailey Double," written by pianist Albert Dailey, is an up-tempo blues with a Latin kick. The guitarist's lyricism comes to the forefront during a brisk reading of "You Must Believe in Spring" and a rather brief "My Foolish Heart," featuring the leader on solo acoustic guitar. Phil Woods makes a guest appearance on Wilkins' swirling bop composition "Captain Blued" and also bassist Harvie Swartz's "Opal," stealing the spotlight on both tracks. Chick Corea's "Captain Marvel" is a miniature that features Wilkins with guest guitarist Carl Barry. A very enjoyable outing.

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