Jake Reichbart

Long Ago and Far Away

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Ann Arbor-based jazz guitarist Jake Reichbart may not knock your socks off with his virtuosity on his second album, Long Ago and Far Away, but he does manage to combine some crisp execution with an amiable, bright style to illuminate its songs. Reichbart seems to dance through a collection of standards that includes "Tea for Two," "Taking a Chance on Love," and "(I'm) Confessin' (That I Love You)." His version of Miles Davis' "Blue in Green" is perhaps the best song on the album, starting out subtle and spare, then increasing in depth and complexity to expose undercurrents of just barely restrained power, and finally crackling with energy before coming to rest. Its the kind of song that shows this guitarist's flexibility as a musician and makes the listener eager for the next project.

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