Always a killer, Dave Stryker is at the top of his game on Big City. A prolific composer and potent player with a penchant for bop, ballads and blues, Stryker has incorporated such important (and wildly diverse) six-string influences as Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, Grant Green, Sonny Sharrock and Albert King into a highly personalized guitar vocabulary while also reflecting the inspiration of such immortal composers as Duke Ellington, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Thelonious Monk. Styker is reunited with the stellar drummer (and fellow Omaha native) Victor Lewis, who appeared on the guitarist's 1992 release, Guitar On Top. He is also joined by bassist Ed Howard and pianist Dave Kikoski in a program of swinging originals and savvy covers.
"Good music, played well, by a band that hangs together just the way it should". -- Elzy Kolb / Jazziz
"Jazz guitarist Dave Stryker never ceases to amaze me". -- Lyle Robinson / JazzGuitarLife.com
"Stryker's lush tones, bad bones and muscular presence create a memorable pose on one hell of a Big City". -- Dick Crockett / KXJZ, Sacramento