Barry Levenson – Heart To Hand

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On this wide-ranging set, guitarist Barry Levinson’s debut, he is featured on all types of blues from lowdown to swinging. It is obvious, listening to these selections (all but three of which are instrumentals), that although Levenson is very much a bluesman, his roots are in jazz. He dedicates “Crawford’s Grill” to guitarist Grant Green, uses the saxophonists liberally, and stretches out in his solos, sometimes hinting at Charlie Christian. The resulting music, which features Levenson with a strong rhythm section, should be of strong interest to collectors of both blues and blues-oriented jazz.

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