All discourse aside this project has shelf life. Mr. Silberstein can hang his hat on this one and the jazz community awaits his next accomplishment. Song for Micaela never looks back nor should it!
Silberstein is an imaginative soloist and his original compositions stand up quite nicely to the covers of `How Deep is the Ocean,’ `Love for Sale’ and `Nica's Dream.’
With his recording debut, guitarist James Silberstein reveals a warm tone and crisp articulation. His straightahead session captures the essence of bebop, as he and his guests explore the art of improvisation over a theme. Several originals add favorably to the session's appeal.
James entertains us for more than an hour with one winning selection after another. As a first CD, it has been a while in coming but well worth the wait.
A fine outing from a significant talent.
Silberstein sheds the extroverted cover on unaccompanied guitar in ballad Why Did I Choose You playing with rapt introspection and beauty in a closer that indelibly pulls off his first date without a hitch. It is an easy recommend.
"James Silberstein combines the warm tone and remarkable fluid single note burn of a Pat Martino, Tal Farlow or Joe Diorio with a capacity for harmonic sophistication, uncommon lyricism and a penchant for alluring bossa novas.
Song For Micaela “begins and ends with Silberstein’s warm, organic sound on electric guitar, and his singe-note speed and clarity. Along the way he displays his fluency in bossa nova, blues, funk and the Great American Songbook. He also reveals his skills as an arranger, composer and leader.
One of the finest guitar-based, instrumental jazz albums of 2004
James Silberstein is a wonderful guitar player
ilberstein's rapid-fire solo brings to mind Pat Martino's fiery intensity, but with a warm tone that is considerably lighter . . . [his] flawless playing and mainstream predilection ties everything together into a neat package.
Song For Micaela is a mature effort, tasteful, skillful, and polished... Im already awaiting [Silberstein's] next foray, and if his fellow travelers are as well chosen, a pleasant journey it should be, indeed!
James Silberstein's warm tone and fluid single note burning style is reminiscent of Pat Martino and a younger George Benson, but he's clearly established a sound that's all his own with SONG FOR MICAELA.
This CD represents the long overdue first album by one of New York City's best kept secrets. Jim Silberstein is a great player and a fine writer
Mr. Silberstein [is] a fleet-fingered guitarist in the George Benson line of descent.
James plays extraordinarily throughout the entire CD, with emotion, technique and taste. He is an artist with much to say and hopefully will get lots of attention from this CD
Silberstein certainly deserves recognition for a fine first solo effort, creating wonderful dynamics in his compositions and arrangements.
James Silberstein has it all down pat on the guitar as made abundantly clear on a searing single note display on such winners as Nica's Dream and Love For Sale. All in all, this is an impressive performance.
James proves he is adept with both lead and rhythm guitar playing with a precision that places him among the top jazz guitarists.