James Silberstein is a name well known on the New York jazz scene. His second CD for CAP finds the guitarist surrounded by some of the city's top musicians for these 2007 sessions. A fluid bop stylist, Silberstein has impressed a number of veteran guitarists with his tremendous chops and good taste.
His fresh looks at standards include a blistering take of "From This Moment On," "You Don't Know What Love Is" (which adds a subtle piano vamp and Harvie S' mournful arco bass), and a samba setting of "Skylark." Silberstein's heartfelt solo of J.J. Johnson's "Lament" is a lyrical miniature.
The leader's three originals also merit attention. The easygoing bossa nova "Shadows" adds Kate McGarry's wordless vocal, while his rapid-fire attack is prominent in "Express Lane." Recommended.
|From This Moment On / Cole Porter||James Silberstein||4:51|
|Kiwi Bird||James Silberstein||4:56|
|You Don't Know What Love Is / Gene DePaul / Don Raye||James Silberstein||6:44|
|Come Rain or Shine / Harold Arlen / Johnny Mercer||James Silberstein||6:19|
|Shadows / James Silberstein||James Silberstein||5:33|
|Express Lane / James Silberstein||James Silberstein||3:59|
|A Simple Thank You||James Silberstein||6:30|
|Glass Garden / James Silberstein||James Silberstein||6:14|
|My Romance / Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers||James Silberstein||6:59|
|Skylark / Hoagy Carmichael / Johnny Mercer||James Silberstein||6:24|