Garrison Fewell's 'Red Door Number 11' Hits the Streets Today!


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Garrison Fewell Quartet
Red Door Number 11
Splasc(H) Records H857.2
North American Street Date: October 7th, 2003
Distributed in North America by NorthCountry Distributors

Garrison Fewell :: guitar/composer
George Cables :: piano/composer
Attilio Zanchi :: bass/composer
Gianni Cazzola :: drums

Guitarist/composer Garrison Fewell's sixth recording utilizes the warm analog sound of the legendary Barigozzi Studio in Milan, Italy, where many of the classic Black Saint and Soul Note label titles were recorded and the ghosts still linger. Red Door Number 11 spotlights the rapport between Fewell and longtime collaborator, pianist George Cables, and features the famous Italian rhythm section of bassist Attilio Zanchi and drummer Gianni Cazzola, who regularly tour Europe in Fewell's trio and with many other prominent jazz artists. Influenced by horn players like Ben Webster, who conveyed more emotion with fewer notes, Fewell has cultivated a mature, melodic approach that steers the course of this collection of four originals and fresh new arrangements of six standards, like Billy Strayhorn's “Johnny Come Lately" and Thelonious Monk's “'Round Midnight."

“The soloing flows organically out of the tune, so there is individual expression within the collective identity. The economy of line, the inner glow that radiates from each note, and the sure pacing are all signs of a mature artist at his peak." --Music journalist Ed Hazell from the liner notes.

“...the hub of the action lies in the counterpoint and interaction between Cables and Fewell. They bounce back and forth, trading roles, reinforcing each other's lines and surprising each other in unpredictable ways. Red Door is a lot like the timeless '60s duet recordings Bill Evans made with Jim Hall in more than a few ways. In the best ways, really. Provided you have the maturity to appreciate understatement, Red Door Number 11 is an unqualified success." --Nils Jacobson, All About Jazz (read review)

About Garrison Fewell
Fewell, a Professor of Guitar at Berklee since 1977, has been called “one of the most personal guitar players of our time," by the Boston Phoenix, and Guitar Player's Andy Ellis wrote, “He's got a mature, lived-in sound that's simultaneously cerebral and blue." A former student of guitar greats Pat Martino and Lenny Breau, Fewell and his recordings have received honors like the Boston Music Awards' Jazz Album of the Year, Guitar Player's Album of the Year, and numerous yearly top 10 listings in other publications. Raised in Philadelphia, where he studied acoustic blues and stride guitar before turning to jazz in the early 70's, Fewell has performed on more than 100 international concert tours and given jazz workshops around the world. He is also the author of the textbook Jazz Improvisation, and a lesson contributor to Guitar Player, Guitar Club and Axe magazines.

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