Indianapolis-based guitarist/composer Charlie Ballantine continues on the eclectic path forged on Providence (Self Produced, 2016) on Where Is My Mind?, his third self-produced outing as a leader. Ballantine is again joined by alto saxophonist/flutist Amanda Gardier, with a new rhythm section of bassist Jessie Whittman and drummer Jay Tibbitts. In the absence of a keyboard there is even more emphasis on the guitar. It’s all twangy Americana on openers “Real Things” and “Jones”—Gardier doesn’t join in until the last part of “Real Things,” and “Jones” is a trio. So is “Hallways,” which mixes swing with atmospheric loops and a bass solo.
All About Jazz 9.11.2017
Befitting a guitarist from America’s heartland, Charlie Ballantine mixes jazz, folk-rock, surf/instro, blues, pop, and country into a simmering pot of guitar sound and style. His instrumental work is beautiful and complex, ranging from melodic journeys to raging heavier sounds. Charlie’s latest CD is “Where Is My Mind?”, a strong album that marks him as a young player to watch.
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