Jazz Album Recommendation: GUITAR AND ME (Aleksi Glick)

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by Connor McCormick on March 15, 2022

in CD-DVD,Music


Warm, breezy, intricate, intimate, deft, and all together lovely, Guitar and Me, out this week, is the debut solo release from New York-based guitarist Aleksi Glick. The album plays as a genealogy of the guitar, weaving through various musical styles that have been crucial to the guitar’s evolution as well as influential to Glick’s own journey with the instrument. While still rooted in jazz and blues, the album pushes the boundaries of genre by seamlessly floating through an eclectic mix of other styles including R&B, folk, rock, and bossa nova.

Guitar and Me features thirteen original compositions and solo arrangements of guitar based classics that Glick recorded while in isolation at the height of the COVID pandemic. The album starts off with a burner, “With Ease,” an original bluesy hard bop tune that came to Glick after a memorable Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The bossa and R&B infused title track “Guitar and Me” follows as Glick’s own love letter to his guitar. A mix of originals, jazz standards, and classic songs follow. Other highlights include an arrangement of the Grateful Dead fan favorite “Casey Jones” and the timeless classic “Georgia on My Mind.” “A Tune for Vic,” is a moving tribute to Glick’s recently deceased mentor, the late great Vic Juris. The album concludes with another original, “Rebirth” which is an homage to Glick’s early love of classic rock and finally “Long Black Veil” one of two tracks that Glick sings on. With each track you can hear the different influences on Glick’s playing from the classic tones of Wes Montgomery to the modern techniques of John McLaughlin, to the dynamic energy of Jimmy Hendrix.

On this intimate debut, Aleksi Glick pushes the boundaries of solo performance and showcases his own journey through music with a deep understanding and reverence for the roots of the guitar.

When you play the most popular instrument in the world, having an “original” sound is a near- impossibility, but the young New York virtuoso Aleksi Glick has done just that.

As a member of a musical family, Aleksi has been exposed to virtually all styles of music since birth, from jazz to classical, folk to rock and a half dozen other stops in between some of those genres. He’s listened to everyone from Jimi Hendrix to John Scofield, Derek Trucks to Wes Montgomery. His guitar speaks an authoritative language and yet, there is a relaxed feeling and an inbred admiration of music’s many faces. The sound is warm, round and full, the phrasing is like a smooth-flowing brook, bubbling here, charging there, but always reflecting his basic understanding of what his instrument is about.

As any good New York artist does, Aleksi plays with the best and brightest across the creative landscape. From films to radio, pop to jazz, on tape or video, he maintains an ideal balance of adaptability and uniqueness. He’s played and/or or recorded with Snack Cat (The Funk-Soul band he leads), Roberta Flack, Jersey Boys, J Hoard, Bailen, the Broadway cast of Aladdin, The Seth Weaver Big Band, Bailen, Peter Bernstein, Sam Dillon, Paul Bollenback, Augie Haas, Benny Benack, Vic Juris, Mike Glick (his pops) plus dozens of regional and nationally known bands and artists. He has also worked with major labels and publishing companies including Warner Chappel, Warner Music, Ropadope, APM, EMI and Outside in Music.

Guitar & Me Tracklist:

1. With Ease (3:11)
2. Guitar and Me (5:42)
3. God Bless the Child  (3:48)
4. Path (3:52)
5. Darn That Dream (4:33)
6. Casey Jones (3:45)
7. Still Crazy after All These Years (3:57)
8. MTA Blues (3:44)
9. Georgia on My Mind (4:51)
10. Danny Boy (4:31)
11. A Tune for Vic (3:52)
12. Rebirth (5:05)
13. Long Black Veil (4:56)


callmechat March 16, 2022 at 12:25 am

I’m in love with this jazz album and performer. Once you hear it, you never forget it. Thank you for the wonderful recommendation

Nick D March 19, 2022 at 6:04 am

Possibly my favorite guitar album. Unbelievable tone and licks!

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