Celebrating the Release of Twisted - The Craig Hlady Quartet
Craig Hlady is a skilled and versatile jazz guitarist who sounds equally at home in several styles. He has spent much of his career as a sideman, a record producer, and as a faculty member at Berklee, but he has also led his own groups in the Boston area. On Twisted, Hlady performs nine of his originals in either a quartet or quintet. While the songs sometime utilize complex chord changes, Hlady easily sails over the music. His playing, which occasionally displays touches of Pat Metheny, Larry Carlton and electric blues guitarists, it is quite original and his ideas are expressed in his own voice. After a tricky melody on the opening “It’s A Pedal Still,” Hlady takes a solo that starts quietly but soon becomes quite fiery.