Hand Picked

Hand Picked

by Earl KlughEarl Klugh




It's been five years since Earl Klugh issued the smooth chamber group offering The Spice of Life. In the interim, he stayed busy curating his Weekend of Jazz events at the Broadmoor Hotel & Resort in Colorado Springs and the Kiawah Island Golf Resorts in South Carolina, and played the festival circuit, a few choice club gigs, and select concerts. Hand Picked is an abundant 15-track collection, and Klugh's first for Heads Up International. With the exception of three duets, it's a completely solo guitar effort that focuses on a range of covers from jazz, pop, and country as well as four fine originals. The elegant reading of "Alfie" that kicks the set off is followed by a beautiful take on "Blue Moon" with Bill Frisell. The contrast between Klugh's classical guitar and Frisell's electric is rich; together they showcase the harmonic possibilities inside a rather tight lyric arrangement. The solo version of Vince Guaraldi's "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" is a fine example of the beauty inherent in Klugh's trademark approach to melody. He never strays far, but brings to light the hidden undertones in a formal structure. "Hotel California," with ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro, features a lovely feint with intro statements from each player; both bring out the Spanish tinge in the lyric and the interplay between them is seamless. Klugh's commitment to jazz is as strong as ever, evidenced by strong versions of "Lullaby of Birdland" and "'Round Midnight," with Klugh's harmonic and silvery rhythmic approaches adventurously investigating the grain in each tune. This is also true in classic pop standards that jazz musicians long ago made their own -- "But Beautiful" and "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing." Vince Gill assists on Boudleaux Bryant's classic "All I Have to Do Is Dream." He is a formidable guitarist, playing steel string in contrast to Klugh's nylon string; the rhythmic invention around the central theme is subtle yet sophisticated: these guitars sing together and Gill's brief vocal insert near the end offers a stirring contrast. Two of Klugh's compositions near the end are high points. "Where the Wind Takes Me" melds jazz, classical, Latin, and pop styles in a quiet stunner, while "Morning Rain" walks languidly between jazz, folk, and lyric pop; from here on in, the latter will belong on any best-of from the artist. it's been a long time since we heard Klugh this way, almost totally solo, taking an intimate look at music he loves from across the spectrum. His graceful yet inventive playing, the clean production, and a canny choice of material make Hand Picked one of the finest recordings in his catalog.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/30/2013
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0888072332010
catalogNumber: 33201
Rank: 7764

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Earl Klugh   Primary Artist,Guitar
Bill Frisell   Guitar
Vince Gill   Guitar,Vocals
Jake Shimabukuro   Guitar

Technical Credits

Don Henley   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Earl Klugh   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
George Shearing   Composer
Cootie Williams   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Don Felder   Composer
Teddy Randazzo   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Bill Frisell   Producer
Glenn Frey   Composer
Vince Gill   Producer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Sol Lake   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Erik Zobler   Engineer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Tucker Martine   Engineer
Jake Shimabukuro   Producer
Matt Rausch   Engineer
Bobby Weinstein   Composer
Bert Elliott   Engineer

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