American Fingerstyle Guitarist

The Waltz Lesson

The Duck Baker Trio

The Waltz Lesson

(3 June 2009)

Record Label: Les Cousins LC11


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Also available as MP3 Download






01 Waltz With Mary’s Smile 05:08
02 Friday 04:44
03 Mr. Syms 05:18
04 Tiziano 03:06
05 Lefty & Me 05:21
06 The Waltz Lesson 06:56
07 Baker’s Dozen 03:07
08 Sweet & Lovely 05:11
09 The Clear Blue Sky 07:42
10 Tgv 05:43

Total 52:16

The Duck Baker Trio is Duck Baker (guitar) Alex Ward (clarinet) and Joe Williamson (bass)

Their first CD is titled The Waltz Lesson.

Baker has been working increasingly often in jazz contexts in recent years, and this CD marks his first record leading a modern jazz group in a career stretching back over 30 years. The trio leans heavily on Baker’s original writing, which has been praised (and recorded) by such guitarists as John Renbourn and Leo Kottke. Clarinetist Ward is an agile improvisor and Joe Williamson an imaginative bassist with an old-school sound. Expect edgy, adventurous modern jazz that ranges from compositions by Charlie Parker to Thelonious Monk, Herbie Nichols and originals.