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Vince Lewis / Press

“Just a man, his guitar, his imagination and twelve terrific songs, can make for some wonderful musical moments, especially when the guitarist is Vince Lewis. His uncluttered approach to the music on Jazz Musings (Vince Lewis Music—4508) is refreshing and highly entertaining. Each note that he plays seems carefully considered, but they flow naturally and fluently. This is an album of sensitive and personal Jazz Musings that are ones that you will treasure.”

“For further descriptions of this recording, just pick up a thesaurus and find synonyms for superb, extraordinary, elegant, etcetera. Lewis has achieved what every jazz guitarist should aspire to: the ability to grab your axe and play an interesting, engaging and harmonically sophisticated rendition of a great tune. Moreover, Vince Lewis is an excellent communicator with the instrument. And he’s a respecter of what our best composers and tunesmiths had in mind. With Lewis, the melody is always accessible and identifiable. So this is an album that works brilliantly well for focused listening by an aficionado or your Aunt Millie, who just wants some nice music in the background. That’s communication.”

“Solo guitarist Lewis, heard on (3), is old-school in the best way: arching melodic embellishments and improvisations, superb technique in the service of the song, a ringing, lovely tone. His approach, never monotonous, is less the scrambling of Pass, more the easy swing of Ellis, Van Eps, or Byrd. Guitarists will admire his playing and sound; listeners outside Jazz will think this delightful music; the Jazz audience will admire the steady pace (his time is excellent) and thoughtful development of his solos.”