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A few years ago Ö back in 2004, actually Ö blues/jazz guitarists Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, and Gerry Beaudoin put their heads (and instruments) together and recorded a self-titled collection of songs under the New Guitar Summit name. The critically-acclaimed album led to a subsequent performance DVD, Live from Stoneham Theatre, and afterwards the three skilled instrumentalists went back to the business of their individual careers.
On July 8, 2008 the New Guitar Summit guys will release Shivers, the trio's sophomore effort, on Stony Plain Records. Another breathtaking collection of vintage jazz and blues music by Geils, Robillard, and Beaudoin, Shivers features a mix of original songs and classic covers such as "Broadway," "Little Bitty Pretty One," and the title cut, written by Charlie Christian and Lionel Hampton. Legendary rock guitarist Randy Bachman (Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive) joins the New Guitar Summit trio, providing his unique guitar sound and warm vocals to a pair of Mose Allison songs.
"Itís about amazing communication, the three of us really like and respect each other," says Gerry Beaudoin in the album's liner notes. "Jay and I play together every month and come up with different sets of material, and when Duke, who is so busy, gets together with us, it really is like falling off a log." The three guitarists certainly display an uncanny chemistry together, and blues and jazz guitar fans both will find a lot to like on New Guitar Summit's Shivers album.
Reverend Keith A. Gordon