Dan McIntyre: Hourglass
Dan McIntyre plays excellent modern jazz guitar, on the straight-ahead hollow body instrument, in the style pioneered by Charlie Christian, nearly perfected by Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell. On this recording Dan is joined by some of Chicago’s most loved musicians: Dennis Luxion, piano; Nick Schneider, acoustic bass; Phil Gratteau, drums; and, Alejo Poveda, percussion. This is a warm swinging session of American standards; plus eclectic tunes such as Paul Desmond’s Wendy, Tom Jobim’s Waters of March, and Chicago composer Bob Dogan’s Old Leprechaun; and, Dan’s lone original Hourglass, a bluesy number that sounds like it could have easily been a Wes tune. The recording is great, engineered by Joanie Pallatto, and sounds so natural it’s like the guys just came by and played in your living room. You can hear Dan on Saturday’s in suburban Lake Zurich at Julio’s Latin Café. These are truly solid swinging sounds from Chicago.—M.V.
Available on the Southport label, widely distributed in Chicago stores or via their website www.chicagosound.com