CD review

Guitarist Pete Muldoon has a remarkable new recording. It’s called The Score and it’s a very inventive, quite gorgeous scheme for low horns (tenor saxophonist Elijah Balbed and trombonist Reginald Cyntje) along with his guitar and a rhythm section (pianistAllyn Johnson, bassist Eliot Seppa, and drummer Sam Prather). The solos are as good as you’d expect from that lineup, and the arrangements are even better, with stunning interaction between the front-line voices such as I’ve never heard before. And in the hands of Muldoon—and really, he is the one who makes the difference in this case—it’s almost unnvervingly bluesy. He brings a stinging six-string touch that adds a gutbucket edge to the tenderest of melodies.”

Mike West, Washington City Paper