Tuesday, November 1, 2005

music: Brian Kane on guitar

After the, uh, intense Finn in the Underworld at Berkeley Rep we spied an ignored guitarist through the window at downtown restaurant [sic] and stopped in.

He's Brian Kane, damn fine stuff. Many jazz guitarists play limp melodic lines on what is, let's face it, an inexpressive instrument; I'm always thinking "a sax player could blow some life into that lick". But Mr. Kane filled every song with inventive harmonic chord progressions as if his PhD hung in the balance, maybe it does.

Almost the same thing happened several years ago: wandered into The Connecticut Yankee where the barmaid was butchering "The Girl from Ipanema", and accompanying her was Bruce Forman, a fantastic guitarist every bit the equal of George Benson.

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