Paul Santa Maria
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Paul Santa Maria

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Aug
16
Paul Santa Maria @ Oh Shucks

Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA

Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA

Aug
10
Paul Santa Maria @ Double's

Palm Bay, Florida, USA

Palm Bay, Florida, USA

Aug
08
Paul Santa Maria @ 192 Grille

Melbourne, Florida, USA

Melbourne, Florida, USA

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Paul Santa Maria is a jazz guitarist, composer, and longtime bassist and studio engineer for Larry Coryell. In an ode to his 1961 Gibson Johnny Smith, Santa Maria plays eleven tracks of unaccompanied jazz guitar on his self-released 2002 CD Johnny Speaks. The round tone of Santa Maria's vintage hollow-body guitar shimmers through these eleven tracks. The tunes are mostly short inventions and improvisations, running between one and two minutes each. Santa Maria makes full use of the unaccompanied format by slowing or speeding up the tempo to emphasize the emotional content of the music, as solo classical music performers often do. Most of the tracks include rhythm guitar chording, subtly mixed beneath the melodies. The songs are mellow in the tradition of hollow-body jazz guitar masters like Joe Pass or Wes Montgomery, but Santa Maria's compositions retain a unique flavor. His playing is skillful and evocative, without ever being flashy or tawdry, like so many current fusion guitarists. The tone is simple and classic. Johnny Speaks was recorded in November 1984 and mastered to CD from analog cassette, according to the liner notes, but the slight tape hiss never detracts from the tonal range of Santa Maria's guitar. Most of the tracks on Johnny Speaks are now available on Santa Maria's 32-track CD Invention, including several new collaborations with Larry Coryell. Fans of traditional jazz guitar should definitely check out Paul Santa Maria.
By Scott Andrews

- http://www.allaboutjazz.com


author: Donald Munson
I have to say that I have followed about every jazz guitarist that has come down the pike...Wes, Kenny, even Larry Coryell, who's name attracted me to this piece through a search. While their playing is informed, beautiful and moving, I have never ever heard a guitarist that manages to create such beauty in his "emotional" tracks, and such unexpected turns of phrase as this man. He does more with a 145 than anyone I'v had the pleasure to listen to and seems to be equally at home with randomized chord conectivity and then soloing over these unusual changes! There is no show-offiness about anything herein, it all seems from the heart, as opposed to an Al DiMeola, who always struck me as playing rehearsed passages and giving off lightning so that the uninformed would be sucked in by these antics. There are no "gymnastics" in the sense of Vai or Satriani and I personally doubt that either of those gentlemen, should they turn off their high-tech fuzz gizmos, could be capable of such lyrical sensivity. Anyway, I'm not here to bash, just to set the record straight: I believe Mr. Santa Maria said it best: "the guitar as it was meant to be played." Bravo, sir!
By Don Munson - http://www.CDBaby.com


I've been fortunate enough to receive many records over the years from various talented bands, duos and soloists. Some have had a cool vibe, some could really rock while others wrote (and continue to write) great songs. Paul Santa Maria, however, falls into a very small, elite group of what I would call supremely talented artists. For starters, there is no misprint here. "INVENTION" actually contains and amazing (albeit mostly short) 32 tunes. Actaully it's kind of like a mini-box set of Paul's recordings over the last 20 years. It would be easy just to say that this record is a collection instrumental, modern jazz solo guitar compositions, but it's much more. Although Paul does create about 95% of the music featured on "INVENTION" he gets a little help here and there from some of his equally supremely talented friends. For years, Tracey Piergross has been one of my favorite area singer/songwriters and her vocal performance on "Inseperable" is simply fabulous. Michael Bianco's 7-string guitar work on "Bianco's Blues" is also brilliant as is the guitar work of the legendary Larry Coryell on "Insperable " and "Pascual Lives". Although "Modern Jazz Guitar" might be the section that you'd find this CD in your local record store (if we still had record stores) there are a lot of other exciting sounds and flavors featured on "INVENTION". With it's backward guitar tracks (#9)(#9)(#9) "Nonsensesnesnon" has a King Crimson circa '84 feel while the rhythm tracks on "Silliness" are jazzed-up metal riffs. Dude! Look, I'm not trying to fool anyone into thinking that I'm some knd of acknowledged jazz expert (after all, I do have a Poison tattoo on my right forearm)but I have spent enough time in my life listening to, enjoying, and appreciating the work of such guitar greats as Chet Atkins, George Benson and Roy Clark to recognize that this is an amazing record and Paul Santa Maria is an amazingly gifted musician. - http://www.brevardlive.com


Discography

http://www.cdbaby.com/all/pauly1313
(These are 6 of 27 CD's I have!)
>With Larry Coryell: "Gypsy Blood" and "Voodoo Crossing" Bass Guitar, production, engineering, mix.(Hendrix tributes)(www.cometrecords.com)
"Live in Chicago", "Cedars of Avalon", Sentenza Duo Cuore", "Reunion", "Live at the Sky Church" (audio post, graphic design, photography)
With Larry Coryell Live:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQC4y_mkcaE
>My Virtual Bands: The Timbercats, Intellipop, Mad Scientist, Invention, Gurl Crazy, Latina Musica, Orchestral Elechtrical, Santa Maria (W/Mark Egan),
Born Of The Skies and SexBomb.

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I was influenced all my life by the wild stylistic changes of the Beatles, whom I viewed in real time as a 10-year old on Ed Sullivan. I asked for, and received my first guitar at age 11 and began composing 3 months later. I won all kinds of contests and was widely considered the best teenage guitarist by many in my hometown of Buffalo, NY. As a final assembler of the Moog Minimoog at the original Buffalo plant, I met many famous folks including ELP. Danny Elfman is my hero. The music I write will leave your eyebrows arched, your ears tingled and you senses satisfied with my left-turns and generally unpredicatable format. I work very fast (I did "Cookin' Russia" on demand, in 2 hours!)
I also enjoy writing kid's music and was house composer for KidVision, the Emmy award winning original production from CH 2 Miami for 8.5 years.
I donot smoke, drink or do drugs and believe honesty should come first (OLD SCHOOOOL!).