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Guitarist Andy Waddell debuts with boldly self-confident album
(Published: July 06, 2013)

For guitarist Andy Waddell, music is at its strongest during the heat of an inspired collaboration. At least those are among the highlights of his latest effort, Sunset to 7. Waddell's creative peaks are when he is locked in a sweltering groove with his fellow musicians; they seem to inspire him to further heights of greatness. Waddell's years of learning from West Coast jazz veterans is certainly visible here. For a debut album, Sunset to 7 sounds remarkably polished and boldly self-confident.

There's a swagger in Waddell's step, and that can be easily heard in the blistering guitar jam of "Blue Skies." Waddell's crystalline playing glitters like the California sun. Echoing the sublime melodies of his performance, Nancy Sanchez layers on honey-sweet vocals that give the song an irresistible hook. Matt Politano's lovely piano adds another gorgeous stroke of the paintbrush. On "Answer," Waddell's crisp, tasteful playing is the perfect counterpoint to Politano's rollicking piano.

Waddell is equally impressive with going slow as he is in moving fast. On "Only One Older Friend," Waddell's chilled-out guitar is as cozy as a soft pillow, allowing Roger Shew's thumping bass and Tom Catanzaro's soaring tenor saxophone to spark the rhythm. Like everything else on the record, it soothes while it stimulates.

More Information: http://www.andywaddellmusic.com

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