Jimmy Bruno: PA Turnpike


PA Turnpike


Jimmy Bruno (guitar)


Maplewood Avenue (Affiliated Artists 3415)

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Jimmy Bruno (guitar),

Tony Miceli (vibes), Jeff Pedraz (bass)


Composed by Tony Miceli


Recorded: Philadelphia, PA, 2007


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Guitarist Jimmy Bruno is known for his monster chops and intricate interpretations. In this session, recorded in his house, he goes without a drummer. That requires a slightly different approach. The music is quieter than his normal material, but does not lack fire. Bruno asks bassist Pedraz to put an extra "slap" into his sound to help intimate the rhythm.

"PA Turnpike" is one of the more demanding pieces on the CD. Bruno and Miceli, the song's composer, play some pleasurable convoluted bars in unison. Bruno effortlessly plays some quick-paced blues lines spliced-in with some outrageously speedy arpeggios. Pedraz takes his bass on a healthy walk as Miceli puts his vibes through a workout of their own. Pedraz's solo leads back to the endless rolling hills of that damn turnpike. I once took a very wrong turn off that road, costing me several hours. If I'd had this music with me, I wouldn't have minded so much.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky


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