Date: Dec 30th, 2012 · Tags: Jazz CD Reviews

Seattle-based guitarist Jaiman Crunk hasn’t taken half measures on Encounters, his debut as leader. In addition to marshalling over 20 top jazz musicians–cherry picked for specific roles–Crunk employs fourteen brass, woodwind and string musicians from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra on half the compositions. These four numbers in particular underline Crunk’s notable compositional and arranging skills and he succeeds, as few do, in marrying the classical and jazz idioms. Crunk’s guitar playing is an added bonus, but it’s the strength in the writing and the diverse yet cohesive contours of the music that really capture the ear…

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Jaiman Crunk: Encounters