Trio Features Jeff Hirshfield (drums) and Hans Glawischnig (bass)
On his fifth CD as a leader, The Surrealist Table (Arthur Circle Music), New York-based composer KEN HATFIELD showcases his impressive command of the nylon string acoustic guitar in a program of ten original works that run the stylistic gamut, from swinging to serene, and from harmonically-challenging vehicles to down-home blues and second line grooves. Paced by the swinging, highly interactive rhythm tandem of veteran jazz players Hans Glawischnig on bass and Jeff Hirshfield on drums, the fingerstyle guitarist dazzles and delights every step of the way.
One of just a few guitarists in jazz to focus exclusively on the classical guitar as their main axe, Hatfield combines his classical training with a deep love for straight ahead jazz and a strong affinity for Brazilian music into a hybrid style that bears the influence of such renowned and seemingly disparate guitarists as Charlie Byrd, Wes Montgomery and Ralph Towner. Jim Ferguson of JazzTimes stated, regarding Hatfield's 2002 CD Phoenix Rising : The set offers a representative cross-section of his talents, which include writing for solo guitar..., a knack for Latin rhythms and moods..., and the ability to swing and even get downright funky.... Recommended for those with an affinity for the subtle and sublime." And David Adler of All About Jazz noted:
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