Downtown Laurence Juber
- 2Limehouse Blues03:08
- 3Willow Weep for Me04:36
- 4Lullaby of Birdland02:53
- 5I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby03:00
- 7On the Sunny Side of the Street02:42
- 8A Foggy Day05:17
- 9September Song03:50
- 10Zing Went the Strings of My Heart03:16
- 11Goodbye Pork Pie Hat04:08
- 13Airfoil (Bonus track)03:41
Info for Downtown
This latest solo collection from Grammy-winning guitarist Laurence Juber, blends the intricate detail of his fingerstyle guitar arrangements with jazz-inspired improvisation. Recorded in one afternoon session at Hollywood's storied Capitol Studios, the repertoire is drawn from the Great American Songbook, with the bonus of a new Juber original. Downtown is a fusion of styles from both sides of the Atlantic, such as the English Folk- Baroque of John Renbourn and the solo jazz virtuosity of Joe Pass, filtered through Juber's unique guitaristic sensibility. Says LJ "I've played hundreds of sessions as a studio musician at Capitol, and recorded a number of my albums in the historic recording location set below the landmark tower at Hollywood and Vine. This intensive 5 hour session was the most focused of them all, as zing went the strings through a batch of favorite standard songs, with the legendary Al Schmitt engineering." Arranged and performed by Laurence Juber Recorded November 19th 2018 at Capitol Studio B, Hollywood, California by Al Schmitt, assisted by Steve Genewick Produced by Hope & Laurence Juber
"What he brings is a stunning sense of space and fluidity while simultaneously running a bassline and rhythm parts and keeping the melody uppermost - a truly wondrous sound." - Mark McStea / Guitar World - April 2019 Issue
"Downtown is a fusion of styles from both sides of the Atlantic, such as the English Folk- Baroque of John Renbourn and the solo jazz virtuosity of Joe Pass, filtered through Juber s unique guitaristic sensibility" - Richard Bienstock, GuitarWorld
"...Laurence Juber blends the intricate detail of his fingerstyle guitar arrangements with jazz-inspired improvisation." - Richard Bienstock, GuitarWorld
Laurence Juber, guitar
GRAMMY® winning guitarist Laurence Juber is a solo performer, recording artist, composer and arranger. His playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument.
A music graduate of London’s Goldsmith’s College, he was featured guitar soloist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra before becoming established as a studio musician in the mid-1970’s. First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney’s Wings, with whom he won a Grammy, Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer.
Juber, known to his fans as LJ, has released 27 solo albums. The latest Downtown, is a collection of standards recorded in one five hour session at Hollywood’s Capitol Studios. Juber has 4 guitar folios in print. The latest, The Evolution of Fingerstyle Guitar was published by Hal Leonard in January 2019.
His LJ Plays The Beatles was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s all-time Top Ten albums. His solo arrangement of The Pink Panther Theme earned him a second Grammy, while his arrangement of Stand By Me was heard nationally in a Diamonds Are Forever commercial. Juber’s DVD-Audio project Guitar Noir (AIX Records) won a CES Demmy award for best audio.
His ‘photo memoir’ Guitar With Wings was recently published by Dalton Watson Fine Books.
As a studio musician, he can be heard on recordings from artists as diverse as Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Seal and the French chanteuse Sylvie Vartin, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows such as Home Improvement and movies including the academy award-winning Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting and Pocahontas.
Juber co-composed the soundtrack of the award-winning video game Diablo III and scored the NBC Dateline documentary Children Of The Harvest. His music is also featured in the Ken Burns’ documentary The Tenth Inning.