'Open Road' by guitarist Jim Jag features tasty instrumental compositions and arrangements of standards, that draw from his influences in jazz, rock, acoustic, Brazilian and latin music. Jim is joined by musicians Chieli Minucci and Matt Sciaretta on this release. His composition 'The Block' was awarded honorable mention in the 2003 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. 'Jag's fluid and lyrical playing is at the forefront of this independent release...Jag may demonstrate his plentiful skills on the more straightforward material, but it's the trickier cuts that pay the dividends.' Ray Hogan The ADVOCATE/Greenwich Time From the upbeat 'G.C.' to the romantic 'Straight from the Heart' to the Brazilian rhythm of 'Agua de Beber'...'Open Road' by Jim Jag is a treat to listen to! Jim Jag is a veteran club guitarist, educator and studio musician. His debut release 'Open Road' features contemporary, instrumental jazz guitar. Growing up in a musical family, Jim was exposed to many great jazz artists. His main guitar influences include Joe Pass, Tuck Andress, Jeff Beck, Pat Metheny and Wes Montgomery. Originally from Buffalo, New York, he now lives in the New York City metro area.