Dick Garcia - A Message From Dick LP
Jazz guitar autodidact and 1956 Downbeat Critics Poll Winner Dick Garcia struts his stuff while the likes of Bill Evans, Gene Quill, and John Drew try to keep up! The combination of Bird, Christian and his own personality meld here in Dicks own swinging style, delivering repertoire so diverse it required three different backing bandsRichie Dick Garcia is a product of the evolution of the guitar, the radical changes that took place in jazz in the mid-forties and his home environment. A young natural talent with an overflowing amount of feeling and facility for jazz, Dick possesses the necessary technical equipment to take the legacy of pace-setters that preceded him built and make it bear new-found significance.This LP presents Dick Garcia in various contexts so as to give the listener an idea of his scope. Recorded with three separate groups, the material is diversified in order to give Dick and the other instrumentalists a chance to speak of varied moods.\n\nThe first group is a quartet typified by a quietly pulsating, yet exploratory quality. Dick features A.J. Sciacca on clarinet, John Drew, bass, and Camille Morin on drums. Note how well Dick and A.J. complement each other on Have You Met Miss Jones,I Dont Want To Set The World On Fire, and Potatoes.The second unit finds its identification in the ensemble sound of the guitar and piano, the relaxed brand of swing set up by this ensemble framework and the compelling solo efforts of Dick and pianist Bill Evans. Ev'ry Night About This Time, Like Someone In Love, Kimona My House are the tunes that this foursome tailors to a rather groovy fit.\n\nThe last group tends toward a more basic persuasion. Dick is especially compelling in this context, accompanied by Terry Pollard on piano, Anthony on bass, drummer Frank Isola, and altoist Gene Quill. Together, they bring great character to The Deacon, Stompin At The Savoy, If I'm Lucky and It Could Happen To You.
Modern Harmonic Records