Jan’s playing just blows me away. Great jazz guitar playing from beat one until the end.... lyrical and swinging, great tone and great tune choices...This record is swinging!
If you enjoy guitarists like Joe Pass, Herb Ellis and chord-melody style guitar, you’re going to enjoy “Looking Both Ways” What I love about this album is the variety; its inventive, sensitive arrangements feature delicious melodic lines and stylish guitar playing throughout.
Live and on this CD, Knutson is in the company of the best musicians around. On tracks like “Pennies from Heaven” the twin weaving guitars of Knutson and Abshire carry the tune in the style of Pass and Ellis. Elsewhere, mandolin ace Danny Knicely cuts loose, swinging his way through “Honeysuckle Rose” and “Avalon.” The inspired hands of Tommy Cecil on Duke Ellington’s “Cotton Tail” show why he is rightly recognized as one of the best bass players today. These seasoned musicians provide a sympathetic and tasteful support to the music, never overpowering the guitar.
Tommy Cecil (Bass), Tom Mindte (Producer/Engineer), Jan Knutson (Guitar), Danny Nicely (Mandolin), Steve Abshire (Guitar), (photos by Michael G. Stewart)
Photo by Michael G. Stewart