Former student and mentor, guitarists Joel Shapira and Jack DeSalvo, reunited recently via the internet, and soon found themselves in a New Jersey recording studio. The result is Inherence (Unseen Rain Records), an intriguing and luminous set of guitar duos which Shapira --sans DeSalvo--will celebrate on February 5th at the Black Dog Cafe in St. Paul's Lowertown Arts District. Standing in for DeSalvo (unable to get to Minnesota from the East Coast) will be Minnesota's own guitar guru, Dean Granros.
Reviews for Inherence
New York-based DeSalvo and St. Paul’s Shapira have shaped a duo record showcasing their incredible jazz chops while displaying tons of heart. Several of the songs are DeSalvo originals, alongside four Wayne Shorter pieces and two cuts basically improvised on the spot. This is truly a feast for guitar and jazz lovers, revealing new insights with every listen.
Long-time Mentor. Every artist worth his chops has had one if not more. Whether it is through the inspiration of another artists work or the time spent in a personal apprenticeship, every artist stands on the shoulders of his predecessors.
For a former apprentice to return to his mentor and collaborate is rare, but that is exactly what Highland Park guitarist Joel Shapira has done with his former teacher, Jack DeSalvo. Shapira and DeSalvo have recorded a new album of jazz guitar duets titled “lnherence”. Its release will be celebrated with a concert from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince St. in St.Paul’s Lowertown.