Jack DeSalvo is an innovative, cross-genre guitarist, composer, and improviser.

Jack DeSalvo is a guitarist and composer

Jack DeSalvo has been hailed by Wire magazine as "a masterful player". Rolling Stone Magazine gave an extremely rare four star (****) review when Jack lent his playing to Red Warrior for jazz great Ronald Shannon Jackson. "To label Red Warrior fusion is to deny its impact. Perhaps we should simply call it heavy-metal jazz." (RS 605). Jack plays mandolin on Red Warrior's bonus track, Harmolodic Christmas.

DeSalvo's recording, Liquide Stones, with Vibist Arthur Lipner on the Tutu label brought this review from Cadence magazine: "Using both acoustic and electric instruments, DeSalvo demonstrates technique, intelligence and imagination with a broad streak of lyricism and passion in what amounts to one of the better guitar voices to be heard in improvised music these days." European reviews were no less entusiastic: "Guitar and vibraphones in a thrilling duo recital with timeless, inflammable ideas… Thus warm ballads burgeon beside provoking, avant-garde sound plasma, forming their own integrated musical system of co-ordination.." Rainer Guerich, CD Tips, Germany.

DeSalvo has performed and recorded with a quartet featuring Karl Berger, Anthony Cox and Tom Tedesco. Their recording, Transparencies, is on the German Belaphon label. He has played with The Chris Braun Trio, Tony Malaby, Drew Gress, Chris Kelsey, Melvin Gibbs, Pat Hall, Jorge Sylvester, the alternative rock outfit They Might Be Giants and in Europe with Peter Brotzmann and Miles' band. When Jack was coaxed into performing on stage with Hubert Sumlin of the great Howlin' Wolf band, Mr. Sumlin proclaimed, "You never can tell what a white boy can do!" Jack is also a prolific composer whose works has been performed and recorded by jazz artists, chamber groups and soloists in the US and Europe.

Currently Jack is performing with D3, The Tom DeSteno Trio, The Julie Lyon Quartet, Le Chez François Ensemble and others.

Jack plays archtop jazz guitar, electric guitar, steel-string acoustic guitar, classical guitar, 12-string guitar, guitola (small guitar tuned in the range of a viola), slide guitar, lap-steel guitar, mandolin (flatback & Neopolitan), mandola and banjo.

 

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