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Johnny A.
Sometime Tuesday Morning
SnapShot! Rating:****

A rock guitarist with fusion instincts, Johnny A. spent seven years as musical director and guitarist for ex-J. Geils Band front man Peter Wolf. But the fully instrumental (just guitar, drums and bass) Some Tuesday Morning makes me lament that lost time. The picking on both electric guitar and lap steel conjures, at various points, the growl of electric blues, the twang of western swing and the improvisational flair of jazz. The bouncy, foot-tapping "Oh, Yeah" is followed by a dreamy cover of "Wichita Lineman" that's worth the cost of the disc itself. Guitarist test track "Walk Don't Run" gets a respectful playing, as does the Beatles' "Yes It Is." This is not music that will necessarily challenge you (unless you are a guitarist), and that's OK -- even preferable -- late at night with the lights out. But there's more than enough here to warrant multiple playings -- along with clear, spacious sound....

-Marc Mickelson

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