Craig Hlady and Friends | The Dedham Jazz Project

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The Dedham Jazz Project

by Craig Hlady and Friends

Engaging the listener with captivating melodies, inspired solos, and lush harmonies, guitarist Craig Hlady offers an assortment of Jazz originals played in a variety of ensemble settings from duo to quintet.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. 6:04 p.m.
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2. Strollin Down the Avenue
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3. Beautiful Silence
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4. Threesome
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5. Take The Wes Bound Lane
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6. Snowflakes On My Windowsill
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7. Peasant Dance
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8. Cool Daddy
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9. Enchanted Forest
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10. Fourway Street
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11. Slinky
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12. Waltz For Bohdan
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13. Camouflauge
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14. Gotta Go
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15. Sunday Morning Solitude
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Craig Hlady is a talented guitarist and composer from Boston, Massachusetts. Whether he’s playing jazz, blues, rock or fusion, Craig always shows a heartfelt passion in his music and brings an accomplished level of musicianship to his performances. Craig is also a faculty member at the esteemed Berklee College of Music where he now serves as Associate Professor in the Guitar Department. He has been a featured columnist in Guitar Player Magazine.

His latest release “The Dedham Jazz Project” by Craig Hlady and Friends features 15 original jazz compositions. Engaging the listener with captivating melodies, inspired solos, and lush harmonies, guitarist Craig Hlady and Friends offers an assortment of jazz originals played in a variety of ensemble settings from duo to quintet. These captivating gems move flawlessly from Swing, Blues, and Latin to Contemporary and Fusion. Also featured are many Boston area jazz greats including pianists Mark Shalansky and Dave Ramsay, drummers Matt Gordy and Ralph Rosen, tenor saxophonist Les Arbuckle, bassists Dave Landoni and Skip Smith, chromatic harmonica player Thaddeus Hogarth, and on one selection is jazz vocalist, Rebecca Parris.


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Douglas Sloan - Metronome Magazine Boston

It's truly top shelf stuff and a CD you'll have to make a point of checking out
After listening to music this good, it's a wonderment why there aren't more local clubs supporting it. Jazz guitarist Craig Hlady is a contemporary six- stringer that maintains much of the roots and traditions that influenced him. On his latest release, The Dedham Jazz Project, Hlady teams up with a venerable collection of who's who on the Boston Jazz scene. What's especially cool is that all 15 songs are originals penned by Hlady, drummer Matt Gordy or pianist Norbert Kael, so from song to song you get a real good feel of Hlady and the band's compositional style and arranging skills. It's truly top shelf stuff and a CD you'll have to make a point of checking out for yourself. Outstanding!

Brian McGrath -Northeast Performer

Craig Hlady and Friends deliver the goods; there is not a bad track on The Dedha
With a lineup of Boston area musicians including numerous Berklee faculty members past and present, as well as other experienced recording artists, The Dedham Jazz Project sets some high standards. Luckily, Craig Hlady and Friends do not disappoint, and the band’s new album is a solid collection of traditional small combo jazz.
Many of the numbers are in a typical laidback lounge style, featuring simple but memorable heads, expanded upon by solo improvisations that are impressive without resorting to inappropriate pyrotechnics. In keeping with the best of the tradition, the songs establish moods evocative of their titles without the benefit of lyrics. The very opening of the album provides three solid examples of this in “6:04 p.m.,” “Strollin Down the Avenue” and “Beautiful Silence.”
Instrumentation varies throughout the album, at times providing subtle textural variations and at others creating more disparate sounds. Still, the variations fit well within a cohesive whole; The Dedham Jazz Project plays like an album and not like a compilation.
“Take the Wes Bound Lane” departs only slightly from the preceding tracks with the inclusion of the Hammond B3 organ, creating a slightly more modern edge, appropriate to the title. It is followed by the more obviously dissimilar “Snowflakes on my Windowsill,” the sole vocal track, on which Rebecca Parris is absolutely captivating, exercising an easy command of her throaty, velvet voice. Other notable variations include “Enchanted Forest,” in which Hlady’s acoustic guitar almost sounds like a mandolin as it intertwines with the cello, and “Fourway Street,” which has a noisier feel, replete with disjointed rhythm work and more aggressive soloing, especially Les Arbuckle’s tenor sax.
Craig Hlady and Friends deliver the goods; there is not a bad track on The Dedham Jazz Project. Not only an eminently enjoyable listening experience, the record also promotes the worthwhile cause of music education, with partial proceeds going to aid programs in the town of Dedham, from whence many of the musicians hail.