From the Record Shelves #19

Four or Five Times

Jazz Roots CD 56007

The pioneers of jazz guitar are in focus on this CD, playing solos or performing with small ensembles. On the chosen track there is first a guitar intro before the clarinet playing of Jimmie Noone takes over, exposing the melody and then taking his solo with great authority. The tune is one of his specialties and its simple chord structure lends itself to playing background riffs.

The plectrum guitar solo is by Teddy Bunn who mixes chord playing with single string runs, bending notes and hitting them hard with plenty of swing.

We also hear the muted trumpet of Charlie Shavers, the alto sax of Pete Brown and a nice vocal by the drummer O’Neil Spencer and the band. The band changes to a higher key after the vocal to get a good final climax.