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Loop-Mania! 2024

GotMusic Records GMR-1006

Doug Munro

 

Check out this review by the great Jazz Journalist Scott Yanow

“Doug Munro is a masterful guitar virtuoso who is not shy to stretch himself and take chances in his music. ”Loop-Mania! 2024" is a follow-up to 2010’s “Alone But Not Alone” and is quite unpredictable and often eccentric.

            The music is primarily performed by Munro on his overdubbed guitars and (via computer technology) drum loops and percussion. Two pieces have Jay Mumford contributing some live drums and two others find Albert Rivera joining in on soprano sax.

            Munro plays five diverse originals and five songs by others. Some performances are quite funky due to the drums including Django Reinhardt’s joyful “Duke & Dukie,” a very electronic “Stompin’ At The Savoy,” and “Bach & Blue.” Other selections include a brooding version of “Black Bird” that mostly dispenses with the melody, a couple pieces that have Munro singing briefly (the charming and relaxed “Wake Me Up When September Ends” is a highlight), and Rivera’s contributions to “Trinidad Hustle” (a relative of “St. Thomas”) and the second of two versions of Munro’s “Obsolete.”

            Listeners with an open mind, a sense of humor, and admiration for inventive guitarists (along with a tolerance for drum loops) will enjoy Loop-Mania! 2024"

June issue “Los Angeles Jazz Scene”

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