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Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker leading his own group (with 28 CD’s as a leader to date), co-leading The Stryker/Slagle Band, or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” He was recently voted once again into the 2017 Downbeat Readers and Critics Polls.
…one of the most joyous feels around. –Pat Metheny
Dave’s new CD “Strykin’ Ahead” is now available on this site. It has stayed on the JazzWeek radio chart for 25 weeks, reaching #3 and was picked as one of the Top CD’s of 2017 in Downbeat and many other lists. His previous CD “Eight Track II” went to #2 on the JazzWeek Radio chart staying on the chart for 20 weeks and received 4 Stars in Downbeat. “Messin’ with Mister T”, available here, is a celebration of the man he worked with for over a decade — Stanley Turrentine, “Mister T” — with ten of the greatest tenor sax players on the scene today. It went to #1 on JazzWeek Radio and stayed in the Top 50 for 20 weeks and received great reviews including 4 1/2 stars in Downbeat magazine.
…one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years. –Village Voice
Most recent blog post
- Eight Track III is here! Order now…– Hello Friends! The Big News is Eight Track III is available right here on this site before the official release date of May 3rd. I can’t wait for you to hear this one! The first reviews are coming in and people are digging Eight Track III: “When it comes to ultracool & hip jazz, guitarist Dave Stryker is at the very TOP of the list… what an absolutely fun album. The album opener, “Move on Up“, alone, makes it well worth purchasing the full album. Jared’s organ just KICKS IT OUT on this superb tune! Stevie Wonder’s “Too High” is one of the best performances of the tune I’ve ever heard. The recording is just flawless. I give Dave & his superb players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 out of 5.” Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews I recorded 2 new albums in January. Eight Track III and a Quartet date with the great Walter Smith III (which will be out in 2020). I also just returned from being a guest with the WDR Big Band in Cologne Germany for a week. My good friend Bob Mintzer arranged and conducted 8 of my songs and we recorded an album, made a live video and played a few gigs. Hopefully the recording will come out next year…. Upcoming I’ll be in Palermo Italy Apri 23-28 with the Samba Meets Jazz Workshop. Then I have a bunch of CD release gigs coming up in May-Aug… Please check my itinerary page for full listing of gigs. Thanks to the readers and writers who voted me once again into the 2018 Downbeat Readers Poll and Critics Poll. Much Appreciated! My teaching website has launched at Artistworks.com. I have put a lot of time into this site and look forward to meeting and working with anyone who wants to learn more about jazz – all levels are welcome. Come by and check it out: http://artistworks.com/join#dave-stryker Some new releases I produced and played on: Jorge Nila “Tenor Time” Ninjazz Records and on Strikezone Records: Jared Gold – “Reemergence” and McClenty Hunter “The Groove Hunter”….My last CD “Strykin’ Ahead” stayed on the JazzWeek radio chart for 20 weeks, received 4 Stars in Downbeat where it was picked as one of the Top CD’s of 2017. It also was picked Best of 2017 by Huffington Post – Ralph Miriello,Cadence Magazine – Larry Hollis,Bill Milkowski ,All About Jazz – C. Andrew Hovan,Positive Feedback – Marc Phillips and Curt’s Jazz Cafe. You can order all of my recordings and my book (currently reprinting) right here on the site. Just click Buy CD’s Icon. Also please check out my itinerary page for more info on upcoming gigs.. Hope to see you soon! DS Facebook email Twitter