Hope for jazz guitar’s future abounds in this release by the 20-year-old Blum and his quartet, which features his mentor Jim Stinnett on bass. It’s a mix of originals and standards with Blum’s ballad work and swingers calling to mind legends like Kenny Burrell and Jim Hall. The perfect debut for a player who seems wise beyond his years.
BY JOHN HEIDT
© MICHAEL BLUM 2017