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PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS ON GUITARIST LARRY NEWCOMB:
Bucky Pizzarelli (World-Renowned Jazz Guitar Innovator)( Larry Newcomb Is not merely a masterful guitar-player; he's a lifelong student of the instrument." During Larry's visits to my home for guitar-coaching, I've observed he is a very quick learner, he has marvelous technique, and he is eager to expand his knowledge of the many facets of the instrument. Larry's playing is heartfelt and natural; in addition, he has the knack and the discipline for taking caring of the business end of music. And, thanks Larry, for sending me the Rodrigo charts!"
Larry Lucie (Legendary Guitarist with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, and many others)("You manage to get a great tone consistently and that isn't easy. I had difficulty keeping a good tone consistently. Your first CD is something special. I am very excited because you have something special. You have terrific talent. Very good sound - a wonderful sound. Good blend. You have mastered the guitar--you have a very good sound--and you sing well.
Grady Tate (Legendary Jazz Drummer and Vocalist) I took a huge risk in making a phrasing suggestion to youa man with exceptionally beautiful guitar tone and facility.
Reuben Wilson (Legendary Hammond B3 Organist with Blue Note and Records, and organist on "Nothing But the Heart")("Your Nothing But the Heart CD is great." Your guitar solo on "All I Gotta Do" reminds me of Carlos Santana."
Randy Johnston (Jazz Guitarist, Recording Artist, & Educator)("Larry Newcomb is a fine musician with inspiration, dedication, and self-discipline. He draws from a well-developed set of guitarist's tools. Look for much great music to flow from his instrument."
Joe Giglio (Jazz Guitarist and Educator)("A fine jazz guitarist, Larry Newcomb plays with vision and passion. His outstanding quality as a human being shines through in his music."
Peter Arnold (Manhattan Jazz Guitarist)("Larry Newcomb is one of the best all-around jazz guitarists performing today. He obviously has worked hard at achieving the best sound possible on an amplified instrument, and this enhances everything he plays whether blues, bossa nova, or mainstream/bebop. Larry, in performance, projects an unselfconscious ease in everything he plays. He clearly has the skill to play anything he wants, but he never puts his skill on display as an end in itself; his skill is always at the service of heartfelt music. His performances are well-paced, and he has a knack for choosing the best-suited material for the groups he leads. His sets are dependably varied, and the group dynamics mesh nicely Larry's tone is, to me, was in the Grant Green/Peter Bernstein vein. Very upfront, and easy to relate to.