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    The Chicago Tribune ran an article on July 7 naming their picks for the best jazz recordings of 2020, to date. Among their choices was the Don Stiernberg Quartet album, "Straight Ahead (Mando Traveler)." Way to go, Don! Here is the link:

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/howard-reich/ct-ent-best-jazz-recordings-reich-0712-20200707-6fxyswzqwnabzicorwf74s5q7m-story.html


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    Donnie looks like he's getting ready to take a swing like fellow Cubs fan Chris Thile.

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    Default Re: Don Stiernberg Quartet cited as a best jazz recording of 2020

    Quote Originally Posted by sblock View Post
    The Chicago Tribune ran an article on July 7 naming their picks for the best jazz recordings of 2020, to date. Among their choices was the Don Stiernberg Quartet album, "Straight Ahead (Mando Traveler)." Way to go, Don! Here is the link:

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/howard-reich/ct-ent-best-jazz-recordings-reich-0712-20200707-6fxyswzqwnabzicorwf74s5q7m-story.html


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    Good call by the Tribune!

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    Awesome news. Just bought the CD, but I think he should update his website; no mention of the latest release! https://donstiernberg.com/

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    Straight ahead review in the Tribune; I agree!

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    Just received it in the mail this week.
    And it is exceptional.
    Yeah Donnie!

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    Bravo, everyone should hear this one, congrats Maestro Donnie!
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    I’ve been listening to it for a week solid.. so good!
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    Default Re: Don Stiernberg Quartet cited as a best jazz recording of 2020

    Nice! Here it is reproduced

    Don Stiernberg Quartet: “Straight Ahead” (Mando Traveler). As its title suggests, the repertoire and approach here are straight down the middle of mainstream jazz. The twist is that Stiernberg happens to play an instrument not often encountered in this music: the mandolin. That he plays it at such a high technical and artistic level makes “Straight Ahead” compelling from start to finish. “I Want to Be Happy,” which opens the recording, sets the optimistic tone for what’s yet to come, Stiernberg and friends joyously working their way through “Witchcraft,” “I’m Old Fashioned,” “Pick Yourself Up,” “It’s You or No One” and other classics. Beyond the surface glitter of these performances, Stiernberg also digs more deeply into the poignant lyricism of Django Reinhardt’s “Anouman” and the Latin currents of “Vibracoes.” Guitarist Andy Brown, bassist Jim Cox and drummer Phil Gratteau are Stiernberg’s like-minded collaborators, enriching a swing aesthetic while keeping the spotlight aptly trained on the singular mandolinist.
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