Scheduled for May release on Harvest Time Records
For the past decade, guitarist Tom Lagana has been quietly carving out a niche on the D.C.-Baltimore-Annapolis jazz scene, with occasional forays into Richmond, Virginia and Philadelphia. On Schematic, the 40-year-old protégé of guitarist Charlie Byrd makes a strikingly original statement with a potent rhythm tandem of drummer Todd Harrison and bassist Tom Baldwin along with special guests George Garzone on tenor sax and trumpeter Dave Ballou. “This is the blueprint for what I want the band to sound like,” says Lagana of his impressive sophomore outing and debut for the Harvest Time label.
As a follow-up to 2002’s Patuxent, Lagana’s latest has him stretching out more authoritatively and finding his own voice. “In that first record, I was getting my feet wet,” he says. “If you listen to it and then listen to this new record, I think you’d believe there were two different players. I was trying to be Pat Metheny on that first record. And though he was a huge influence on me, I feel like I’ve got more of my own thing going on Schematic.” Continue reading