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Guitar and Me is the debut solo release from New York based guitarist Aleksi Glick. The album plays as a genealogy of the guitar, weaving through various musical styles that have been crucial to the guitar’s evolution as well as influential to Glick’s own journey with the instrument. While still rooted in jazz and blues, the album pushes the boundaries of genre by seamlessly floating through an eclectic mix of other styles including R&B, folk, rock, and bossa nova. 

Guitar and Me features thirteen original compositions and solo arrangements of guitar based classics that Glick recorded while in isolation at the height of the Covid pandemic. The album starts off with a burner, “With Ease,” an original bluesy hard bop tune that came to Glick after a memorable Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The bossa and R&B infused title track “Guitar and Me” follows as Glick’s own love letter to his guitar. A mix of originals, jazz standards, and classic songs follow. Other highlights include an arrangement of the Grateful Dead fan favorite “Casey Jones” and the timeless classic “Georgia on My Mind.” “A Tune for Vic,” is a moving tribute to Glick’s recently deceased mentor, the late great Vic Juris. The album concludes with another original, “Rebirth” which is an homage to Glick’s early love of classic rock and finally “Long Black Veil” one of two tracks that Glick sings on. With each track you can hear the different influences on Glick’s playing from the classic tones of Wes Montgomery to the modern techniques of John McLaughlin, to the dynamic energy of Jimmy Hendrix. 

On this intimate debut, Aleksi Glick pushes the boundaries of solo performance and showcases his own journey through music with a deep understanding and reverence for the roots of the guitar.

Musicalmemoirs's Blog - Dee Dee McNeil writes…..When you choose to play one of the most popular instruments in the world, it’s imperative that you have an original sound.  This young, New York virtuoso, Aleksi Glick, brings us an album of solo guitar music that is both original, enthusiastic and entertaining.  His sound is uniquely his own and his talent promises us a bright and boisterous future in music. 

Opening with a tune titled, “With Ease” this is one of six original compositions he plays on this album called, “Guitar & Me.”  He composed it after attending a memorable and inspirational time at Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  Aleksi Glick is rooted in jazz and blues, but Glick’s album pushes the boundaries of genres.  He seamlessly floats through an eclectic mix of styles including R&B, folk, rock, and Bossa Nova.  The title tune starts out smooth and lovely, then quickly takes on a joyful Brazilian flavor with a pretty melody riding on top of Glick’s rhythm guitar licks.  Next, he interprets the popular tune by Billie Holiday & Arthur Herzog Jr., “God Bless the Child” draping it in blues and arpeggio guitar lines that stitch through the arrangement like gold threads.  He’s listened to everyone from Jimi Hendrix to John Scofield; from Derek Trucks to Wes Montgomery.  Still, Aleksi Glick has an awesome style all his own and it makes for an intriguing listen.  He covers tunes composed by Jerry Garcia, Paul Simon, Frederic Weatherly’s “Danny Boy” and Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia on My Mind.”  Aleksi surprises me by singing at the very end of this “Georgia on My Mind” arrangement.  His vocals are pleasant and honest.  Glick’s original compositions are a force in their own right and brightly showcase his composer talents.  It takes real faculty, guts and aptitude to perform an entire album solo.  There is only you, the musician, standing naked and vulnerable in the spotlight.  But no worries!  Aleksi Glick shines brilliantly as both a composer, guitarist, arranger and obviously a rising-star artist.  I can’t wait to hear his next project!

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