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Esmond's new solo album "The Way I Play"

Reviews and Commendations globally from leading jazz musician colleagues and fans:

 

 

Hi Esmond.

I finally got to set up a CD player during our busy packing up, moving etc. Had a listen to your 2 CDs at last.

Words fail me Esmond. Your playing is simply superb. It's so bloody fantastic. What a magnificent technique (fluidity) you have and what about your re-harmonisations. I can't imagine any guitarist that could do it better. Your playing is of such a high calibre. It's got the lot. I'm about to play them again. Cheers mate.

Geoff Kluke - Australian bass player supreme.

 

 

I have your CD on my Itunes now! Everything I’ve heard is beyond beautiful! Now its on “in a Sentimental Mood.” Better than any solo jazz LP I ever heard.

I’m listening to your CD for the 2nd time. I love all the tunes and the way you’re playing them, which I think may be part spontaneous, part maybe sketched out! I especially like “Once-in Awhile.” Now I'm hearing “Ain’t Misbehaving.” Now “Body & Soul

BTW This solo LP of yours is better than Pass’s “Virtuoso.”

Byron Atkins. Leading jazz guitarist, Austin, Texas, US.

 

Esmond

Gosh. NO ONE plays Stardust any longer and it took me immediately to my mothers side of her piano presentation for my young ears.:

I love it still today. Sir, I believe you are a master of the fretboard; relentless pursuit of point & counterpoint, melody’s that carried me away in spite of wishing to be attentive to the craftwork, and brave interpretations of those old melodies.

I can hear all of the master’s past from maestros Reinhardt and co

but I am here to say that Earl Klugh and your other contemporaries could do well with a session class with you.

Michael Herschel, US fan

 

Hi Esmond. I finally got to set up a CD player during our busy packing up, moving etc. Had a listen to your 2 CDs at last. Words fail me Esmond. Your playing is simply superb. It's so bloody fantastic. What a magnificent technique (fluidity) you have and what about your re-harmonisations. I can't imagine any guitarist that could do it better. Your playing is of such a high calibre. It's got the lot. I'm about to play them again. Cheers mate. Playing the hand I'm dealt with regards to styles but if it boiled down to knowing the instrument inside & out there is no greater master on the planet than you - Which is why I'm still tapping you up for knowledge.Just need another 10 lifetimes or so ! ❤️🎶 #Checkout EsmondSelwyn ..... everybody

Tony Williams/Leading jazz guitarist and masterclass student, Brighton, UK - 19-09-2017

 

 

 

Hi Esmond, I enjoyed listening to your music this weekend. I loved the tracks you mentioned and more.

You are a brilliant guitarist. I especially also liked the track 'One for my Dad' from your album "Follow That".

It made me think of the influence my Dad had on the start of my musical journey.

The content of the show is determined by me with no input or restrictions by the station.

The show contains music I like to hear and what I might play at home.

I will play one or two of your tracks on next week's show but will continue to dip into the cd's in the future.

I will let you know when I play something of yours.

Thank you for sharing your music with me.

Take care,

Mike O' Leary Radio Presenter - Bradford Radio.The Man In The Station.

NOT TO BE MISSED…!

Local world class jazz guitarist, Esmond Selwyn, will be appearing at The Beeches, Chester Road, Gresford on Friday evenings playing solo jazz guitar starting March 2nd 8-11pm.

Esmond has recently returned from a highly successful tour of Australia where he was booked to gig and record live with Australia’s first lady of song, Sandie White. He also got to appear at The Foundry in Sydney, Dizzy’s Club and Bird’s Basement in Melbourne, at Hotel Blue in the Blue Mountains at Katoomba near the Megalong Valley as well as Smith’s Alternative in Canberra where he gigged with world renowned bassist, Eric Ajaye, former sidesman to Freddie Hubbard and Stanley Turrentine.

Esmond is featured artist on six albums out on the Slam Jazz Record label and his new solo album, “The Way I Play”, will be his seventh. This is what leading US Washington based jazz guitarist, Steve Herberman, has to say about it: “His playing features an imaginative harmonic palette, lightning fast runs interjected between dense chordal textures and sensitive accompanying when playing with a group. The history of jazz guitar is present in his playing yet he looks towards modern jazz pianists to push the envelope. I’m not so sure he isn’t originally a New York City jazz guitarist. He certainly sounds like one to me…”

And also from Alan Musson M.A. Radio Presenter and Audio Producer Presenter, Jazz Kaleidoscope, Black Country Radio.

Seemingly encompassing the early history of modern jazz guitar playing from Wes Montgomery to Tal Farlow, George van Eps and Jim Hall, Esmond Selwyn, a treasure of the British jazz scene, has produced an album of intensely melodic and highly inventive interpretations of sixteen jazz classics.

Esmond is now carrying the flag for this musc…

So a great evening of jazz awaits at The Beeches….No entry fee. Lovely room, bar and restaurant and service… We hope to see you there…

REVIEW:

Esmond Selwyn

Queens Royal Concert Suite, Wirral

International Guitar Festival, Wirral, Merseyside,

England Nov 8, 2014

Having seen our member Esmond Selwyn in other

lineups with rhythm sections, this solo concert in

England was a revelation to me. His solo concert at

this festival was superb and his solo jazz guitar

technique is right out of the Joe Pass/George Van

Eps era. Start ing wi th a medley of “Autumn

Leaves/Darn That Dream/April in Paris”, he moved

on to a fast tempo on “Just One of Those Things”

on which his picking was accurate at fast speed. On

“Moonlight in Vermont” he switched to his thumb a

la Wes and got a warm sound. This was followed by

“Misty/Emily/Body and Soul”, Nuages”, “Try a Little

Tenderness”, “Over the Rainbow”, “The Sunny Side

of the Street” on which he changed to fingerstyle

and also a few key changes. “Cheek To Cheek”

also fingerstyle had shades of Van Eps in his

performance. “Corcovado”, “St Louis BLues” (both

in fingerstyle) and “Moonlight Becomes You”

rounded out his set. This is one of the best live solo

jazz guitar I have seen for some time. Funnily

enough our new JGSWA member Robin Nolan

appeared at the same festival a day before on Nov

6. Esmond has been chosen to represent the jazz

side of things since the Festival’s inception in 1987.

Two years ago he was made an Ambassador for all

his work in association with this annual event.

A big thank you to Sandie White and all of my friends out there for my fabulous 6 week tour of Australia.

This was taken at a full house at "Smith's Alternative" in Canberra with Miroslav on trumpet

and the wonderful Eric Ajaye on bass, former sidesman to Freddie Hubbard and Stanley Turrentine...

Please check out Esmond's solo gig at

The Wirral International Guitar Festival,

November 2014. Go to the MEDIA page to see the videos

A new training video has been uploaded to the Instruction page HERE,

"Nigel's Workout" by Esmond Selwyn

A study in small form chordal precision and velocity dedicated to masterclass student and Jazz Guitar Ace, Nigel Price.

Esmond  will be performing a solo gig at The Wirral International Guitar Festival on Saturday November 8 in The Recital Room at the Queens Hotel, Marine Parade, Wallasey at 7.30-9.30.pm

 

Esmond has been chosen to represent the jazz side of things since the Festival’s inception in 1987. Two years ago he was made an Ambassador for all his work in association with this annual event.

 

See www.bestguitarfest.com for more details

 

Sunny

Esmond Selwyn and Clive Morton Live at The Bear at the Marlborough Jazz Festival. A demonstration of the great and fantastic guitars made by Concept Symetry - this is the Concept Symetry Esmond Selwyn Flatline Signature Model.

Esmond Selwyn's great quartet at Azuzas at The Marlborough Jazz Festival 2014. Featuring Ben Waghorn on saxes, John-Paul Gard on Hammond Organ and Coach York on drums.

Esmond Rocks On For His Kids....!

Calling all Rock ‘ n Rollers!

Lovers of rock should check out the "Hendrix" film Esmond made for his kids!

This clearly shows how the technique and flexibility of jazz will expand and enhance other styles.

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