U.S. CD reissue.
It takes a certain confidence to start an album–only his fourth as a leader, and first for a major jazz label–with a elegiac number like "Goodbye," but that’s just how guitarist Chuck Wayne kicked off Morning Mist. But then, Wayne’s credentials extended for miles–from jazz (52nd Street during its heyday, George Shearing, Woody Herman, Gil Evans), to singers (Tony Bennett), to CBS-TV and Broadway and various jingles. Though not terribly well known to the general public, Wayne (b. Charles Jagelka, 1923; d. 1997) was a guitarist’s guitarist, who could also play bebop banjo (as on this set’s "Lovely"), as well as mandolin and balalaika. Morning Mist, a trio date from 1964, is notable for its winsome chordal theme statements, stirring single-note solos, pensive balladry, and uptempo dexterity. Chuck Wayne was not only a guitarist’s guitarist, but a musician’s musician.
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