Cardenas' playing mixes the lyrical simplicity of his Midwestern roots with the hustle and bustle of the New York scene, the city he now calls home. Having made a name for himself as the consummate sideman, sharing the stage with Marc Johnson, John Patitucci, Charlie Haden, Norah Jones and Paul Motian, to name a just few, Cardenas has also released three excellent albums under his own name, including 2010's West of Middle (Sunnyside).
AAJ Contributor Matthew Warnock spoke with Cardenas as he returned from a gig in Moscow, and the guitarist sheds a little light on Russian audiences, in addition to his new album and approach to playing.
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