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"Good improvisation communicates harmonic progression melodically. Effective melodies manipulate harmonic content through the use of guide tones and preparatory gravity notes, masterfully woven in systematic tension, release, and transparent harmonic definition."
Another audio treat from new JazzMando fave, Jason Anick in a fiery rendition of the classic, "Cherokee." The young John Jorgenson Quintet sideman swing fiddle specialist (and band leader in his own right!) tears up the frets on this informal video clip. Jason masterfully balances an adept knowledge of music theory with an endless pit of licks and tricks. It really is a thrill watching him explore the extremes of the Saga electric mandolin fingerboard.
Pick up his latest CD, "Sleepless," one of the best releases of 2011, or catch him at the 2011 Django in June, June 14-19: