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Watch Guitarist Tom Guarna Lead an All-Star Quartet at Yamaha Studio NYC

Tom Guarna is a guitarist of keen insight and broad experience, all of which he brought to this recent performance at the Yamaha Salon.

Guarna appeared on the series — usually a spotlight for pianists — as part of a guitar-centric triple bill organized by WBGO's John Newcott. (We'll soon post the two other performances, by For Living Lovers and the Gilad Hekselman Trio.) The set's rhythm section is first-rate by anyone's standard: David Kikoski on piano, Joe Martin on bass, and Kendrick Scott on drums.

The quartet drew in part from Guarna's excellent 2017 album The Wishing Stones, opening the set with a piece called "Unravel," and closing with one called "Hope." Guarna and Kikoski also delivered a sensitive reading of Billy Strayhorn's ballad "Chelsea Bridge." 

CREDITS
David Tallacksen, Audio Engineer; Aaron Ross, Videographer

A veteran jazz critic and award-winning author, Nate Chinen is editorial director at WBGO and a regular contributor to NPR Music.