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Kenny Poole - Heritage

28-01-2016, 18:03

Title: Heritage
Year Of Release: 2012
Label: Stork Music Productions
Genre: Jazz
Quality: Mp3 / 320kbps
Total Time: 66:56 min
Total Size: 151 MB

01. Mas Que Nada
02. Django
03. If You Never Come to Me
04. Voce e Eu
05. Our Love Is Here to Stay
06. Little White Lies
07. Jive At Five
08. The Song IIs You
09. A Pele Do Marfin Skin of Ivory
10. Where Are You
11. Brazil
12. I Can't Get Started
13. Calcutta

Kenny Poole was a guitarist's guitarist. He never sought the limelight that others with his talents achieved, but his much admired jazz chops attracted musicians in the know. He performed with such luminaries as Jack McDuff, Tal Farlow, Joe Pass, Howard Alden and Jack Wilkins. Sadly, Poole lost his fight with cancer in 2006. But with the release of Heritage, a collection of his live solo performances at Cincinnati's Heritage Restaurant, Poole's soulful and sophisticated finger-style arrangements are available for the everyone to admire.

The tracks included on Heritage are a marvelous cross-section of Poole's interest in American Songbook and bossa nova styles. It kicks off with his grooving, upbeat take on Sergio Mendes' "Mas Que Nada," aptly winding his way through the tune, interweaving melody and improvisation while never losing the rhythmic bounce. Again, on Antonio Carlos Jobim's "If You Never Come To Me," Poole gives the beautiful melody the space to breath and develop while never loosing the feel of its bossa roots, adding his own imaginative flair but never smothering the melody.

On tunes like George Gershwin's "I Can't Get Started" and "Our Love Is Here To Stay," Poole's indebtedness to George Van Eps is both apparent and transformed. Van Eps (to whom Poole recorded a tribute album) was the innovator extraordinaire of jazz finger-style guitar and, while Poole demonstrates his mastery of the Van Eps technique, his melodic understandings are more complex and informed by modern styles. This readily apparent on Poole's wonderfully agile take on Count Basie's "Jive At Five," where the guitarist moves between integrate phrasings and brooding bass lines.

Heritage was recorded, organized and produced by two Poole devotees: Tom Anthony and Marcos Sastre. Additionally, the liner notes by guitarist Andy Brown add context and insight to Poole's style and musical interests. Together they have done a wonderful service to the talents and memory of Kenny Poole, and given uninitiated listeners a taste of the beautiful music we missed.~Jack Huntley

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