"Composer and publisher Bill McCormick has assembled four superb guitarists(and on certain tracks,one percussionist,Steve Kroon)to perform thirteen different original compositions on this CD,"MUSIC FOR GUITAR".The well-crafted and thoughtful compositions that appear on this CD(also) appear in print among the eleven books and folios published by M Pub...This CD is an eminently listenable CD that features solo and duo performances..."A Church Named The Blues" is very much what the name states-add in McCormick's own clever twists to make it more than a simple straight blues...(Ken Hatfield)serves up a delightful rendition of "The Seacoast Drive",a light and airy bossa-based tune,featuring percussionist Steve Kroon providing rhythmic accompaniment on bongos.The same duo offers another sweet performance on the slower but no less compelling McCormick composition "The Nights Get So Cool Here"..This album is relatively short.But,it offers fine performances of unique original tunes by quality guitar players."
Review by Winthrop Bedford
From JAZZ IMPROV Magazine
"...Hatfield is among the four guitarists,and percussionist,assembled by composer Bill McCormick for his new disc "Music for Guitar,Vol.1",a selection of pieces culled from his substantial portfolio.The songs are like a collection of snapshots(one of them,"Accompaniment Study-Suspended Fourths",clocks in at a laconic 41 seconds),and while they're short,they're also quite effective.
"Night Dream/Summer/Into Trees" is played with tender contemplation by Craig Wagner."The Nights Get So Cool Here",a languid slice of Brazil,is breezily interpreted by Hatfield and features outstanding percussion from Steven Kroon.Jon Damian applies the proper humor to "I Play Rhythm",McCormick's riff on Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm",while Pete Smith expands on the same rhythmic theme with his bouncy "Riff Major/Riff Minor".
Wagner plays "Blues 2050" with moody lyricism and touches it up with flamenco elements."The Seacoast Drive" is another South American excursion rendered wonderfully by Hatfield and Kroon,especially the evocation of waves against the shore.Wagner plays with samba soul on another Latin standout,"Majestic World",which features more outstanding variegated percussion by Kroon.Wagner also goes down to the Delta on "A Church Named The Blues",a piece evoking the rhythm of going to services on a Sunday morn.The conciseness with which McCormick writes challenges the players to state their cases quickly and clearly,and this fine disc is proof of their eloquence.
"ALL ABOUT JAZZ" review by Terrell Holmes.
" 'Music For Guitar' represents the audio realization of a baker's dozen of Bill McCormick's compositions published book and folio form by his own M Pub Corporation.
Ranging in length from 41 seconds to just under 3 1/2 minutes,guitarists Craig Wagner,Ken Hatfield,Jon Damian & Pete Smith along with percussionist Steve Kroon masterfully bring the printed page to life.
From the dark and angular 'Blues 2050' played by Craig Wagner to the sexy Brazilian 'The Seacoast Drive' performed by Ken Hatfield and Steven Kroon,'Music for Guitar' would make for an excellent addendum to the books that the tunes are derived from if it weren't such a darn good CD on it's own..."
Ray Matuzo,September 2004 edition of 20th Century Guitar Magazine.