"Inner Voice" sounds like what a late 20-year-old who held onto a guitar everyday and listened to the likes of John Scofield, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny and Pat Martino instead of a joystick would produce if given the chance to create in a state-of-the-art recording studio.
A music student at Towson State University in the late 1980s, Hart's love of jazz and its genres guitarists led to him practicing his chops for 12-14 hours every day in his hometown of Baltimore. The death of his mother from a drunk driver and his early 1990s diagnosis of acute tendonitis in his right wrist and arm led the young slinger to head back to school and acquire his CPA certificate. He then opened a mortgage banking company and began to settle down to the life of a businessman.
After a seven-year hiatus, in 1997 Hart began to give music another try. After gathering the old band and woodshedding for a couple of years, the lad's time and effort resulted in "Inner Voice" on Mother West Records.
The CD offers a compelling collection of original modern jazz and blues-based tracks that feature Hart along with many other standout performers such as bassist Gary Grainer, guitarist Paul Bollenback, drummer Dennis Chambers and saxophonist Gary Thomas.
This is a great disc that is filled with lots of jazz and guitar-infested fusion all played on Hart's flamey Paul Reed Smith. Although other writers have found favorites to harp about, this one actually enjoyed the entire package. Send Hart an email and find out the arrangements on how you can get a hold of this one. Guitarists will find this one worth the time and cost of purchasing.
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