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New CD Twisted now available

Craig Hlady is a skilled and versatile jazz guitarist who sounds equally at home in several styles. He has spent much of his career as a sideman, a record producer, and as a faculty member at Berklee, but he has also led his own groups in the Boston area.
On Twisted, Hlady performs nine of his originals in a quartet/quintet with pianist Dave Ramsay, bassist Oscar Stagnaro, drummer Alan Hall and, on two of the numbers, percussionist Ricardo Monzon. While the songs sometime utilize complex chord changes, Hlady easily sails over the music. His playing, which sometimes displays touches of Pat Metheny, Larry Carlton and electric blues guitarists, is mostly quite original and expressed in his own voice Ramsay is also a strong soloist while Stagnaro, Hall and Monzon keep the post-bop music grooving behind the lead voices.
After a tricky melody on the opening “It’s A Pedal Still,” Hlady takes a solo that starts quietly but soon becomes quite fiery. “Happy Blue Year” (a medium-tempo jazz waltz) and the straight ahead “Baby Blues” are the most straight ahead performances, inspiring some colorful improvisations. “Twisted,” which is as eccentric as its title, has a quirky melody with a rockish section along with a heated piano solo. In contrast to the more passionate pieces, “Steppin’ Out” sets an easy-listening groove and is quite soothing.
“When Fred Fled” is an inventive swinger while “Top Cat” is more relaxing but filled with subtle creativity. Hlady’s guitar on the latter at one point has a country twang and elsewhere hints more at Gabor Szabo. “One Sunday Morning” effectively alternates vamps and swing sections and includes some surprises along the way as the rhythm keeps on changing. The closer, “Four Way Strut,” is the freest and most electric performance, featuring Hlady and his sidemen at their most explorative.
Twisted holds one’s interest throughout and contains plenty of variety in moods and grooves. It is an impressive effort from Craig Hlady which makes one look forward to his future projects.

Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian and author of 11 books including The Great Jazz Guitarists, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76
Craig Hlady Group performs at The Regent Theater Arlington MA Sat. July 23rd
The Craig Hlady Group performs as part The Summer Colors of Jazz Review featuring Dancers, Contemporary Jazz and traditional Latin music.
Summer Colors of Jazz
Colors of Jazz Facebook
Nov.1 Performance at The Amazing Things Art Center Natick, MA
The Colors of Jazz and The Amazing Things Art Center present The Hira project, Nov. 1, 2015 featuring jazz, blues and flamenco musical excerpts from a new contemporary opera Fanahy Hira that is in the works.
The Dedham Jazz Project now Available at the Apple I-Tunes Store
The Dedham Jazz Project by Craig Hlady and Friends is now available for download in Apple's I -Tune Store for you I-Pod users . Just search Craig Hlady at the I-Tunes store to access the songs.
Guitar Player Magazine lesson feature
Craig's guitar lesson on Octave Displacement was recently reprinted in the March, 2007 issue of Guitar Player Magazine and used in 40 timeless tips from 40 years of Guitar Player lessons. (page 76)