A Brief Episode CD cover featuring Erica Miller A Brief Episode - The Guitar Lover's Sampler Volume I - Erica Miller

The Venue Newspaper

"A mix of the best in blues guitarists with an angelic voice. A great listen while relaxing by a fire or just a nice comfortable place. It's amazing so many great guitarists with so many styles could be on one album.

"A must have for the amateur and the connoisseur of the best in blues."

"Break out the barbeque and the dark beer, summer's right around the corner."

The Venue Newspaper

Minor 7th by Patrick Raggins

The intimate performances on this disc serve as models for instrumentalists who want to display good taste and finesse when accompanying a vocalist. Rickie Miller cherry-picks tunes from the Great American Songbook, including Errol Garner's "Misty," Gershwin's "Summertime," Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia on My Mind," and throws in a few surprises, Tom Wait's "Temptation" and Darnell & Hawkins' "The Thrill is Gone" among them.

My favorite track is "Summertime," which is graced with Gene Bertoncini's impressionistic approach on nylon-string guitar. Others standouts include "Georgia," with Frank Vignola providing both a gypsy-styled accompaniment and lead part, and the closer, "Route 66," featuring the agile and impish Bucky Pizzarelli. Jazz stalwart Gary Mazzaroppi handles upright bass on three tracks. The relaxed, informal quality of this disc will likely please Miller's existing fans and attract new ones.

© Patrick Ragains

 

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