“It’s my dream project,” Dave Stryker repeats several times in a conversation about his 34th release as a leader, As We Are, on which the guitar master addresses one of the few configurations he hasn’t tackled during 40-plus years in the jazz trenches. Stryker, not predisposed to hyperbole, isn’t exaggerating.
How else to describe an opportunity to record a suite of new originals with a band propelled by all-world bass-drum partners John Patitucci and Brian Blade, fleshed out by harmonically erudite pianist Julian Shore’s bespoke string quartet arrangements that include room for a couple of soaring violin solos by the luminous Sara Caswell? Stimulated by the chance to make music together after long isolation, all members interact with crackling, pent-up energy. ~Editorial Review | Amazon
Track Listing: 1. Overture 2. Lanes 3. River Man 4. Hope 5. Saudade 6. One Thing At A Time 7. As We Were 8. Dreams Are Real 9. Soul Friend
At your leisure, spin “AS WE ARE” by Dave Stryker