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18-01-2014, 11:27
Music | Jazz

Fareed Haque - Out of Nowhere (2013)

Modern guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque is a six-string marvel whose uncommon versatility and open-mindedness reflect the eclecticism of the 21st century musician. An acclaimed player and accomplished composer who is steeped in both classical and jazz traditions, Haque has also explored world music in various configurations while becoming something of a guitar guru on the jam band scene with the late, lamented Garaj Mahal and exploring electronica with his band Math Games.

On his latest outing, Out of Nowhere, the multi-directional guitarist returns to his jazz roots on a collection of standards and originals. Joining Haque on his Charleston Square debut are veterans George Mraz on bass and Billy Hart on drums along with rising stars Rob Clearfield on piano, John Tate and Doug Weiss on bass, Corey Healey on drums and Salar Nader on tabla. Together they reinvent timeless pieces like John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps,” Joe Henderson’s “Inner Urge” and Duke Ellington’s “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good,” while also putting their stamp on Grant Green’s “Flood in Franklin Park,” the soothing Perry Como vehicle “Lollipops and Roses” and the title track, a Johnny Green-Edward Heyman tune introduced in 1931 by Bing Crosby but reconfigured 82 years later as an acoustic trio swinger with Haque, Mraz and Hart in highly interactive mode.

“I have recorded a lot of different music,” says the 50-year old guitarist who was raised in the Windy City by a Pakistani father and Chilean mother, “but at the end of the day, I’m still from Chicago and I grew up playing jazz, blues and R&B on the Chicago scene. And this new album reflects that.”

The influence of jazz guitar great Pat Martino is readily apparent on the opening track, “Waiting for Red,” a brooding modal number fueled by Healey’s loose swing groove and sparked by Clearfield’s McCoy-ish extrapolations on his piano solo. “I don’t make any secret about it,” says Haque of the Martino influence on that tune. “He is my inspiration in jazz guitar. And if I have a mission, it’s to blend the John McLaughlin world with the Pat Martino world. Every guitarist, every musician is a synthesis of the history. So if you want to understand Pat Martino, you gotta listen to Johnny Smith and Grant Green. And if you want to understand me, you have to definitely listen to John McLaughlin and Pat Martino.”

The upbeat, riff-oriented “Tex Mex” reveals more Martino influence in Haque’s playing while also showcasing a brilliant bass solo by Doug Weiss. “Flood in Franklin Square” is a funky boogaloo with Corey Healey laying it down old school. Haque’s gorgeous take on Duke’s “I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good” features Clearfield on organ and has the guitarist taking his time on this darkly alluring interpretation. “I’m a huge Jim Hall fan,” says Haque,” and I was thinking about Jim when I did that ballad.”

Their inventive take on “Giant Steps,” a proving ground for all jazz musicians, is radically reharmonized and features Healey laying down a drum ‘n’ bass groove while Haque wails on his Moog guitar in his solo. Their interpretation of Joe Henderson’s oft-recorded “Inner Urge” opens in rubato fashion with the group exploring freely before settling into the familiar and tricky head. Haque unleashes some wicked sweep picking on this Henderson staple while Clearfield stretches on a burning piano solo. Says the leader, “It’s hard for piano players and guitar players to play together. In many cases you get a sort of middle of the road harmonic context because everybody is trying to stay out of everybody’s way. But there are notable exceptions. And Rob Clearfield is one. He is a master at interacting harmonically and we really worked out a nice balance between guitar and piano on this tune because we’re interacting rather than trying to get out of each other’s way.”

Artist: Fareed Haque
Title Of Album: Out of Nowhere
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Charleston Square
Genre: Jazz
Quality: mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 54:58
Total Size: 122,29 mb

1. Waiting for Red
2. Tex Mex Jungle
3. Flood in Franklin Park
4. I Got It Bad
5. Giant Steps
6. Inner Urge
7. Out of Nowhere
8. Lollipops and Roses

Fareed Haque: electric guitar, acoustic guitar
George Mraz: bass
Billy Hart: drums
John Tate: bass
Doug Weiss: bass
Corey Healey: drums
Rob Clearfield: piano
Salar Nader: tabla

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