Brad Myers can easily claim consanguinity from the ancestry of the jazz guitar
aristocracy that goes back to Charlie Christian, as can Michael Sharfe trace his
musical bloodline back to beyond Ray Brown to Oscar Pettiford. If this seems like
hyperbole, a first listen to their recent duo and trio recording, Sanguinaria will put
the argument well beyond even reasonable doubt. Both players show great respect
for the tradition but their extrapolation of well-known music from major composers
such as Dave Brubeck, Jim Hall, and Keith Jarrett goes well beyond the unexpected.
Raul DaGama - Jazzdagama.com
Myers and Sharfe clearly know how to pick them, put them together, and play
them. Dan Bilawsky - JazzEd
****1/2 Sanguinaria is a superb achievement, a verified double-flowering and
worthy of a large audience.
Fritz Balwit - Audiophile Audition
Tasty up market listening that throws Jim Hall into the future, this is low key set is
loaded with fire that works throughout. Chris Spector - The Midwest Record
While Myers and Sharfe are both clearly technical geniuses, Sanguinaria
(Hopefulsongs) is a master class in how important feel and emotion are to Jazz.
Mike Breen - CityBeat
**** Veteran guitarist Myers exhibits old-school
soulfulness, a highly syncopated sense of comping and a
relaxed sense of swing on his long-overdue debut as a
leader. Downbeat/Bill Milkowski
Fine combo jazz high-lights this release from Myers