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Andrew Cheshire

Andrew Cheshire is one of a (regretfully) not-so-endangered species: the undervalued contemporary jazz musician. His music defies easy categorization; while he's performed and/or recorded with top-flight bebop musicians like Marvin “Smitty” Smith and Kenny Barron, he's also comfortable playing in free contexts with such uncompromising avant-gardists as drummer Jay Rosen and Cecil Taylor-sideman Dominic Duval. Cheshire's long, lissome improvised melodies float in and out of time, yet he's possessed with a firm, aggressive touch and profound sense of swing that serves him well in any context...
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Source: Chris Kelsey

”Anyone who professes to love jazz guitar and hasn't checked out Cheshire is missing the boat” -Chris Kelsey, All-Music Guide To Jazz

“His playing rings out with astounding clarity as he pensively dissects each tune with the precision of a surgeon” -Frank Rubolino, Cadence

“Cheshire has his own style, sound, and aura” -Mark Corroto, All About Jazz

“He shows that he is a masterful improviser with a fresh new vocabulary; a talented guitarist who is a bright new voice in 21st century jazz” -Scott Yanow, Editor; All-Music Guide To Jazz

“He is a hidden talent deserving to be discovered and exposed” -C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

“Cheshire is a plectrist of unusual facility and more importantly of uncommon sensitivity” -Derek Taylor, All About Jazz

“He manages to make it all fit together and it just sounds right” -Don Friedman, jazz pianist

“His music is charmed with the amazement of life, fueled by passion, and delivered in a honest manner; you can't ask for much more of modern jazz these days” -Michael G. Nastos, All-Music Guide

“A master at conjuring an atmosphere, both in his playing, and his writing” -Larry Nai, Cadence

“His style is a refreshing change from most guitarists” -Mark Keresman, The Jazz Review

“Like the life he leads, his guitar playing is untypical” -Doug Ramsey, jazz critic and author of the book “Jazz Matters”

“Here is a driving, warm, and very inventive bopster who references the tradition, and doesn't try to clone it.” - Robert Rusch, Editor; Cadence

  • Pavane Pour Une Infante Difunte

    Joule Records
    2004
  • The Four Ages Of Bob

    Joule Records
    2004
  • Faces

    Joule Records
    2003
  • Morning Song

    Joule Records
    2003
  • Guitar Noir

    Joule Records
    2002
  • Water Street Revival

    Joule Records
    2000
  • Water Street Revival

    Joule Records
    1999

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The Four Ages of Bob by Mark F. Turner

The Four Ages Of Bob by AAJ Staff

Pavane Pour Une Infante Difunte by AAJ Staff

Morning Song by C. Michael Bailey

Faces by Mark F. Turner

Guitar Noir by C. Michael Bailey

Magic by Dave Hughes

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The Four Ages of Bob
Joule Records (2004)

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