What's Hot with Jazz Guitar: Garrison Fewell

by Doc Dosco

This week we feature the extremely accomplished and well traveled jazz
guitarist Garrison Fewell.

Online Bio:

Garrison's debut recording, "A Blue Deeper Than the Blue" on Accurate
Records brought him recognition as one of the freshest guitar voices
emerging in the 1990's, won him the 1993 Boston Music Award for Best
Jazz Album of the Year, and a place in the Top Ten Records of the Year
by United Press International and Coda Magazine Critic's Choice.

Guitar Player Magazine highly praised Garrison's performance: "Garrison
Fewell's dusky archtop tone and probing bop lines evoke the spirit of
50's and 60's jazz heavies. Pat Martino's adventurous melodies, Kenny
Burrell's unhurried swing, and Jim Hall's pensive harmonies echo within
Fewell's laid-back playing. He's got a mature, lived-in sound that's
simulataneously cerebral and blue."

Wired Magazine described Garrison, "His beautiful tone and effortless,
fluid lines draw the listener in as only a select few have done. A fine
guitarist who appeals on the sublime, emotional level of a Bill Evans or
a Jim Hall."

A four-star review in Downbeat, and solid radio airplay on New York
City's public jazz station, WBGO, led to playing jazz clubs in the city,
with several appearances at the Blue Note Jazz Club.

Although a surprise to critics and fans in the U.S., Garrison was no
new-comer to the jazz scene. Having led his own jazz group since 1976,
his experience included playing with guitarist Larry Coryell, bassist
Buster Williams and pianist Herbie Hancock.

Following Dizzy Gillespie's observation that "Jazz was born in America,
but Europeans discovered it first!", Garrison headed off to play in
Marseille, France for the summer of 1983. With a taste of the "good jazz
life", he was hooked, and continued touring extensively throughout
Europe becoming known in the hipper jazz circles from Amsterdam and
Paris, to Brussels and Milan. From his travels, Garrison speaks both
French and Italian fluently.

More Bio:


Doc Dosco is a jazz guitarist, composer and audio consultant living in
Los Angeles, CA. His website is located at http://www.docdosco.com ,
where you can find more information on the 'What's Hot with Jazz Guitar'
columns, audio clips of Doc's playing, and many additional features. Doc
endorses Heritage Guitars and is a featured artist on their website.
He also endorses the new Pignose Valve Tube Amps -- great for jazz (and anything else!

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