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."
David Tallacksen, Audio Engineer; Aaron Ross, Videographer