Guitarist Ryan Blotnick counts among his influences Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery, and Gene Bertoncini. While it's possible to hear these shadings on several of the compositions on Music Needs You
, Blotnick's unique voice shines through. "Thinning Air" starts off with the guitar playing in unison with saxophonist Pete Robbins on some slippery descending lines. Blotnick then takes a solo that parallels those introductory phrases before dropping away to make some space for the bass and drum segments to follow. After a repeat of the head, it's nice to see the piano taking over Blotnick's role as the sax's foil – proof that this young musician has interesting compositional ideas to go with those guitar chops.
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