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Dave Stryker:
Baker's Circle
Label Strikezone 8821
recorded January 2019 in Paramus, NJ/USA
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Dave Stryker guitar
Walter Smith III tenor sax
Jared Gold organ
McClenty Hunter drums
Mayra Casales percussion


Track List
01: Tough
02: El Camino
03: Dreamsong
04: Everything I Love
05: Rush Hour
06: Superstar
07: Baker's Circle
08: Inner City Blues
09: Love Dance
10: Trouble (No. 2)


Baker's Circle starts with three Stryker originals. The hard-hitting "Tough" leads off with exciting solos by the whole band. Casales' congas join in on the latin groove of "El Camino" followed by the bluesy 7/4 of "Dreamsong". Cole Porter's "Everything I Love" is a medium swinger after which Gold's burning "Rush Hour" shows why Walter Smith III is considered one of the best of his generation. And Dave adds his Eight Track fingerprint to Leon Russell's "Superstar" and Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues". Says Stryker: "Composer and educator David Baker was in my corner from the time I met him at a jazz camp when I was 17 till he hired me to take over as guitar professor at Indiana University a few years ago. I used to see him standing outside the Music School on a circular drive waiting for his wife Lida to pick him up. I named the song 'Baker's Circle', in his memory." Baker's Circle closes with "Trouble (No. 2)", a grooving shuffle originally recorded by Stryker's former boss, the great Stanley Turrentine. This caps a diverse program that showcases Stryker at his best-modern playing with the groove and soul that comes from years of experience.
from Jazz Guitar Today


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