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Six-String Standards

Mason Razavi

Six-String Standards

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: OA2 Records
UPC: 0805552221022
Catnr: OA2 22210
Release date: 12 May 2023
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Label
OA2 Records
UPC
0805552221022
Catalogue number
OA2 22210
Release date
12 May 2023
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About the album

Inspired by the great solo guitar tradition epitomized by the towering performances of Joe Pass, Lenny Breau, and the like, Bay Area guitarist Mason Razavi offers his own look at a wide-ranging collection of tunes from the Great American Songbook. With several compositions from famed Sinatra collaborator Jimmy Van Heusen alongside familiar favorites from Henry Mancini, Johnny Green, and others, Razavi interprets these songs with his archtop and acoustic guitars, alternating between pick playing and intricate fingerstyle arrangements to deliver a varied set bound to delight lovers of solo guitar.
Inspiriert von der großen Sologitarrentradition, die durch die überragenden Leistungen von Joe Pass, Lenny Breau und anderen verkörpert wird, bietet der Gitarrist Mason Razavi aus der Bay Area seinen eigenen Blick auf eine breit gefächerte Sammlung von Liedern aus dem Great American Songbook. Mit mehreren Kompositionen des berühmten Sinatra-Kollaborateurs Jimmy Van Heusen neben bekannten Favoriten von Henry Mancini, Johnny Green und anderen interpretiert Razavi diese Songs mit seiner Archtop- und Akustikgitarre, wobei er zwischen Plektrumspiel und komplizierten Fingerstyle-Arrangements wechselt, um ein abwechslungsreiches Set zu liefern, das Liebhaber der Sologitarre begeistern wird.

Artist(s)

Mason Razavi (guitar)

Mason Razavi is a jazz guitarist, composer/arranger, educator, and recording artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He leads a quartet and nonet performing his original music and is a frequently requested sideman and accomplished solo guitarist. His albums have earned praise from critics while charting in the U.S. and receiving radio play internationally. Razavi has been described as a 'thoughtful player and composer that offers the listener an introspective experience of deeper meaning' by Jazz Times. In addition to countless performances at clubs and theaters, he has performed in concert with San Jose Jazz including the 2015 Summer Fest, the South Bay Guitar Society and other Bay Area concert programs.  Razavi began studying jazz and playing in working rock...
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Mason Razavi is a jazz guitarist, composer/arranger, educator, and recording artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He leads a quartet and nonet performing his original music and is a frequently requested sideman and accomplished solo guitarist. His albums have earned praise from critics while charting in the U.S. and receiving radio play internationally. Razavi has been described as a "thoughtful player and composer that offers the listener an introspective experience of deeper meaning" by Jazz Times. In addition to countless performances at clubs and theaters, he has performed in concert with San Jose Jazz including the 2015 Summer Fest, the South Bay Guitar Society and other Bay Area concert programs. Razavi began studying jazz and playing in working rock bands as a teenager before attending the Berklee College of Music to study composition and arranging. He changed directions dramatically and devoted his life to the classical guitar for several years, culminating in numerous solo recitals and an album of original classical guitar music. Razavi has since focused on the electric guitar and writing for his jazz ensembles. Though first and foremost a jazz guitarist/composer, his diverse background has led him to a number of musical settings ranging from classical recitals to show bands to accompanying concert choirs, jazz singers and pop artists. An avid educator, Razavi teaches jazz history at De Anza College and jazz guitar for West Valley College and Mission College while also maintaining a busy private teaching studio. He has conducted clinics for San Jose State University, South Bay Guitar Society, and the Vancouver Classic Guitar Society. Razavi holds holds a M.A. in Jazz Studies from San Jose State University and a B.M. from the Berklee College of Music where he studied jazz composition and majored in Contemporary Writing and Production. He has studied in private lessons or masterclasses with Mimi Fox, John Stowell, Tuck Andress, Corey Christiansen, Henry Johnson, Jason Vieaux, John Damien, and Rick Vandivier among others.

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George Gershwin

George Gershwin was an American composer, who is mostly known due to his combinations of classical and popular music genres. George Gershwin grew up in a poor neighbourhood in New York. His parents were Russian immigrants who had trouble making ends meet. They did, however, decide to purchase an old piano so Ira Gershwin could study to become a musician. Yet, it turned out not Ira, but his younger brother George showed remarkable talent. Ira applied himself to writing song lyrics and together the Gershwin brothers became absolute greats in the world of 20th century musicals. Nowadays, George's compositions are still relevant, as is evidenced by the many performances of his Rhapsody in Blue from 1924. But the best example is the ageless Summtertime,...
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George Gershwin was an American composer, who is mostly known due to his combinations of classical and popular music genres.

George Gershwin grew up in a poor neighbourhood in New York. His parents were Russian immigrants who had trouble making ends meet. They did, however, decide to purchase an old piano so Ira Gershwin could study to become a musician. Yet, it turned out not Ira, but his younger brother George showed remarkable talent. Ira applied himself to writing song lyrics and together the Gershwin brothers became absolute greats in the world of 20th century musicals. Nowadays, George's compositions are still relevant, as is evidenced by the many performances of his Rhapsody in Blue from 1924. But the best example is the ageless Summtertime, which has been covered a countless number of times by a countless number of artists.


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