Fretless Jazz Albums


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An Eclectic Electric Fretless Christmas (2004)

CD Ben Burdick Eclectic Electric Fretless Christmas

Ben Burdick
Purchased i-tunes £7.90
Also available at CD-Baby

Well Christmas was approaching fast and it seemed like a good idea to try out some festive music. We’d heard some time back Ben Burdick had made a Fretless Christmas album, and a quick search on i-tunes turned up the business.

Ben’s music is always good so our curiosity as to his treatment of ten Christmas classics was running high.

The CD has a relaxed, classy, dinner jazz type feel, or should it be Christmas dinner jazz? All in all, its very enjoyable, and easy to forget these are Christmas standards. The jazz treatment gives the songs a different edge, and of course it is fretless.

Review – Jahloon
Xmas 2006

Fretless Jazz Standards (2007)

CD Ben Burdick Tro Fretless Jazz Standards

Ben Burdick Trio
Ben Burdick – Fretless Guitar / Jeff Rew – Bass / Scott Reusser – Drums
Available at CD-Baby

Most pleasant, and it does exactly what it says on the tin, with a track rundown;

All The Things You Are
Stella by Starlight
Autumn Leaves
Days of Wine and Roses
Take 5
Stolen Moments

All in classic jazz trio style with Ben’s fresh fretless take, in his own words:

Before putting out an album of fretless originals, I thought I’d try my hand at some standards. The night before the session we had a gig which was our “paid rehearsal” for the next day’s recording. Next morning I scanned the contents of a “real book” trying to remember some of the tunes we had played the night before. With everything set to go I called off “All The Things You Are” and it felt so good we just kept rolling, almost all of the tracks are first takes, live sessions are my favourite way to record. Ten tunes later we called it a day – Ben

As with Ben’s Xmas album this is relaxed and smooth, and if you like jazz trios, the fretless edge is an interesting diversion with a classic feel. The nylon sound of the Godin Multiac Fretless is a perfect balance against the drums and bass.

Review – Jahloon, Easter 2007

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