Scott Yanow Reviews Back at the Roadhouse
I’m honored to have my newest CD, Back at the Roadhouse, reviewed by Scott Yanow!
Read Scott's review here:
“Teague Bechtel, who is originally from Orlando, Florida, is currently part of the Denver jazz scene. While he led and recorded with a blues/rock trio in the past, Bechtel has also extensively studied the music and life of Grant Green and has performed with Antonio Hart and Jon Faddis.
Back At The Roadhouse is comprised of nine originals played by Bechtel with pianist Michael Conrad, bassist Seth Lewis and drummer Ryan Leppich. Three guests (tenors Kenyon Brenner and Joel Harris and baritonist Alyson Agemy appear on two songs apiece, making the group into a quartet on six of the selections.
Teague Bechtel has a quiet swinging style that at times recalls Jimmy Raney, Wes Montgomery (particularly when he plays octaves on “Naptown”), and other 1950s straight ahead guitarists. His tone is attractive, he plays with subtle creativity, and he works closely with the members of his very complementary quartet.
Among the highlights are the solid swingers “Naptown,” “El Dorado,” “Back At The Roadhouse” and “It’s As If I Never Left” which is based on “You Stepped Out Of A Dream.” The quiet waltz “Gibraltar” and the bluish “The Real” are also memorable. The horn players each have their opportunities to shine and they blend well with the guitarist, particularly Brenner on “When I Was Younger.”
This is fine straight ahead jazz that is easily recommended and available from www.teaguebechtel.com.”