Canadian Contemporary Jazz guitarist and renowned educator Rob Tardik’s five previous projects leading to his fascinating SYNERGY album have earned him numerous awards and great chart statistics.
If smooth jazz is your thing, you probably know of Rob Tardik already, given that his career has already spanned a couple of decades. Synergy is his sixth release.
Guitarist Rob Tardik exposes his guitars to a variety of warm environments here on an album that includes Curtis Freeman/p, Nate Harasim/p-dr prog, Steve Oliver/b and Gary Stanionis/dr as well as guests on horns and vocals.
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For the uninitiated, there are two things to keep in mind before spinning a Tardik disc or catching a live show. First, he doesn’t color neatly between the lines. It’s just not his style. He likes getting messy by mish mashing an array of colorful melodies, rhythms and grooves from various genres – contempo jazz, alluring Latin, souled-out R&B/funk, percolating pop and rollicking rock – that are knitted with the common thread of Tardik’s nifty fretwork – impassioned and precision play on electric, nylon and acoustic guitar. Second, Tardik is an eternal optimist, an uplifting artist who lives his mission of preaching positivity through music.