Sunday, September 14, 2014

CD Review – Voyage of the Troubadour, by Jack Gates

Guitarist Jack Gates' latest album is a pleasant, engaging exploration of Latin jazz, with generous helpings of classical, fusion, and new age thrown in for good measure.

Gates plays acoustic and electric guitars, with some tracks featuring his wife Sharyl Gates on English and Portuguese vocals, Dean Muench on bass, and Phil Thompson on drums.

With the exception of the vibrant cover of Antonio Carlos Jobim's “So Danco Samba,” Gates composed the music and Sharyl wrote the lyrics, both of which are worthy of the Brazilian bossa nova greats.

This CD deserves the attention of fans of guitar and Latin jazz.

--Raj Manoharan

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