John Pizzarelli


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By the time of this 2001 studio session, father and son duo Bucky & John Pizzarelli had made a number of recordings together, as well as informally jamming with each other for at least several decades whenever the opportunity arose. So it should be no surprise at all that these two masters of the seven-string electric guitar effortlessly spin their magic as they explore a dozen or so standards, most of which were recorded decades earlier by singer Bing Crosby with guitarist Eddie Lang's accompaniment in a band. It seems almost impossible for either of these musicians to play a bad lick, and they readily switch roles between soloing and playing rhythm so seamlessly that it takes an expert to tell who is doing what at any given moment. The senior Pizzarelli gets two solo features to his offspring's solitary track, but that hardly makes a case for a family feud. Highlights include the intricate take of "The Sheik of Araby" and an original, "Bing's Blues," which is a laid-back tribute to the late crooner. Released by the tiny Victrola label, this twin-guitar session is well worth acquiring.

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