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Maryland's Danny Gatton was best known as a rockabilly cat, the man who put blistering guitar licks behind the likes of Robert Gordon, Billy Hancock and Delbert McClinton. Like his heroes Les Paul, Lenny Breau and Hank Garland, however, Gatton is both a country picker and a solid jazz man; he stole the show on a Blue Note jam session with Joshua Redman and Roy Hargrove on New York Stories in '92. Gatton kept both careers going at once; Cruisin' Deuces (1993) was a rockabilly outing, while his duet album with Philadelphia organist Joey DeFrancesco, "Relentless," is a straightahead jazz project. One pursuit reinforces the other; Gatton's jazz playing brings a harmonic sophistication to his rockabilly work, and his country experience gives his jazz solos a dramatic flair. --Geoffrey Himes
Hendrix, the Doors, and many others have been scavenged over the years, too.
Danny Gatton was not nearly as well known, outside D.C., and from guitar players who knew just how absolutely great he was, and while we do have some post mortem releases, it doesn't appear that he will get the retread treatment. I hope that's the case, but I'm glad a few CD's have come out. Especially "Relentless". Gatton had participated in a stellar project in 1993 called "New York Stories" with Yuron Israel, Roy Hargrave, Bobby Watson and himself in a horns/piano/guitar jazz ensemble that still ranks as probably my favorite jazz album, as I used to groove to it going back and forth about 60 miles to see my then-fiance and now wife.
"Relentless" followed, this time with his long time superb rhythm section of John Priviti and drummer Timm Riedi, and featured the astonishing Hammond organ player Joey DeFrancesco in another jazz set, but this time with lots more trade offs between the two and his trademark Telecaster sound, where on "New York Stories" I believe he used a hollow body electric at certain times. That's all academic. What we get with "Relentless" is an almost ridiculously perfect album blending damn near every genre outside of metal or hard core country, and of course rap. Danny considered jazz his fail safe, and despite having several albums already, I was astonished with this CD.
You just cannot fathom how he managed to absorb so many styles and make it his own sound, and deliver it with technique and real emotion. DeFrancesco is a perfect foil, who, just being 23 at the time of the recording, is a master organ player and is as exciting on his instrument as Gatton was on his.
"Kindred Spirits" is the album's tour de force as far as I'm concerned. Here we have a beautiful chord progression that sends chills up your spine and intricate playing by the entire band showing they were as good as it got, period. There are a few bluesy vamps, with guitar licks that cannot be described in written language. The album closes with a Thelonius Monk tune "Well You Needn't", and showcases John Priviti on a jaw dropping double bass. Of course, he and Timm both excel throughout, as one would have to in the company of Gatton and DeFrancesco.
All Gatton and jazz fans, and just plain guitar nerds alike really should buy this CD. It is possibly his last work done while he was alive, making it more poignant. Gatton could have been the greatest all around player second only to Chet Atkins himself. His death prevented him from putting in the time that would have earned him the title as Atkins' equal. Do not pass this CD up.