||Thanksgiving CD (2006) |
On Thanksgiving, Dan Balmer's eigth recording, he enlists two of the finest jazz musicians in the world to bring his music to new heights. Drummer Matt Wilson and organist Gary Versace bring an intense creativity and vitality to Balmer's diverse and heartfelt compositions.
Balmer's playing spans the spectrum of contemporary jazz guitar, from melodic to dissonant, groovin' to loose, dense to sparse, clean to distorted, while the songs cover a broad emotional palette as well, all made more memorable by the obvious bond amongst the musicians.
Marty Hughley of The Oregonian states, "Dan Balmer. the veteran Northwest guitar star, teams with two of New York's finest to re-imagine the organ trio. The tunes are bright and inviting as much so for the improvisers here as for listeners and the playing highlights the emotional warmth of Balmer's approach with marvelous technique and vibrant inmgaination."