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Album review: Brad Shepik Quartet — Across the Way

Album review: Brad Shepik Quartet — Across the Way

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It took all of five seconds before I was immediately sucked into guitarist Brad Shepik's latest release (billed to the Brad Shepik Quartet), Across the Way. The fluid playing and slightly dark, minor key tonality of the opening title cut evoked got me upright in my seat but also put me at ease. While this album is unmistakably Shepik's baby it also sounds very much like a democracy, in the true spirit of great jazz. The rhythm section of bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Mark Guiliana allow the eleven compositions on Across the Way to glide along effortlessly in most places, which give Shepik and vibraphonist Tom Beckham ample room to weave in and out as needed and to make each song a truly enjoyable listening experience. Fans of easygoing jazz (not easy listening or smooth, though) c...