Shadow of Your Smile
Brian Nova combines a rare mixture of lightning-speed fretwork and beautiful romantic Jazz guitar in his fifth CD The Shadow of Your Smile. He is the only guitarist in the world who has studied and toured with the two titans of jazz guitar; Herb Ellis and Joe Pass. Although Nova sings on most of his recordings and during performances, this CD is all instrumental. Enjoy the beautiful technique and artistry of Brian Nova's Jazz guitar with The Shadow of Your Smile. The Musicians: Brian Nova - Guitar. Brian has played on numerous recordings and has toured with same great Jazz artists. Artists such as Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, Eddie Harris, Stanley Turrentine, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Jeff Hamilton, Fred Wesley, Ernestine Anderson, Diane Schuur, Freddie Cole, and Blues and Rock Legends Charlie Musselwhite and Steve Miller (just to name a few). Nova not only records but tours extensively throughout North America, Europe, Japan and China. And just as his mentors nurtured his skills, he takes the time to conduct master guitar clinics at Universities and while on tour. Buddy Catlett - Bass (4,6,9). This Jazz legend began his career touring with Quincy Jones. He spent time with the Count Basie Orchestra and can be heard on the famous recordings of Frank Sinatra with the Count Basie Orchestra such as 'Fly Me to the Moon'. He then toured and recorded with the legendary Louis Armstrong and can be heard on recordings such as 'What a Wonderful World'. Greg Williamson - Drums. Greg has played with many great artists including Ernestine Anderson and the Woody Herman Orchestra. Dan O'Brien - Bass. Dan has played with George Russell, Sam Rivers, and John Medeski. Produced and Recorded: The Shadow of Your Smile was produced by Steve Miller and Brian Nova and recorded at Miller's Studio. A Recent Review of The Shadow of Your Smile: Jazz Improv. Vol. 5, Number 4, Summer 2005 'It is immediately apparent from the opening notes of The Shadow Of Your Smile that Brian Nova is a fabulous player, and highly skilled exponent of mainstream jazz. From beginning to end, Nova delivers consistently swinging lines. As it has been said, he plays from his soul not his wig. He plays with a solid sense of time and timing. He delivers eight-note lines that breathe. He tastefully embodies changes in dynamics and cross accents within the lines. He has an understanding of the importance of contrast - easily transitioning, and creating a dialogue between single note lines and block chords. There are no inconsistencies on this album either. The album opens with the Johnny Mandel standard 'The Shadow Of Your Smile' done as a bossa-nova. Nova has amazing technique, which is obvious from the double-time technical explosion he launches into the first chorus of his solo on this first track. Nova summons this kind of showmanship on a number of occasions throughout the album - for example, on his performance of ' A Day In The Life Of A Fool.' ... Nova's musicianship and creativity are significantly stellar. In performing an album of standards, one of the aspects of a player's musicianship that is exposed is the ability to play a melody. Nova demonstrates that mastery and sensitivity on such pieces as 'Time After Time,' approached as a ballad, the medium groove 'Honeysuckle Rose,' 'The More I See You,' and the unaccompanied rendition of 'Beautiful Love.' The audio fidelity, balance between instruments, and sound of the guitar on Brian Nova's The Shadow Of Your Smile album, provide the foundation for more than an hour of straight-ahead jazz, and highly enjoyable listening. Quotes from great players: ' I feel Brian is one of the finest jazz guitarists on the scene!' - Joe Pass 'Brian is one of my favorite duet partners. He goes for the groove.' - Red Mitchell 'He is a true pleasure to play with. He's my Man!' - Herb Ellis.