Guitarist Lew Woodall is a musician whose background had him playing rock and blues for many years. To quote Lew, "I wasted my whole musical life playing rock and blues," but in hearing his music now, one can proclaim that that period of his life was a learning experience that helped him in his future jazz playing-not just wasted time. Lew quit playing completely for a period of 12 years but was inspired to pick up the guitar again when the jazz bug bit him. Lew has been playing jazz for the last 6 years and finds the music deep in his bones. At age 66, this seasoned veteran has a deceptively simple style on the guitar, and one would never guess that he doesn't even read music! (Remember that the great jazz pianist Erroll Garner didn't read music either.) Last year on a trip to Dallas, Lew had a chance to go into the recording studio with an old friend, drummer and producer John Bryant who has worked with Ray Charles, Doc Severinson, Gary Burton and many others. Lew and John were joined by organist Tommy Young who has played Hammond B-3 in countless performances and on recording sessions in the Dallas-Ft Worth area. Together this trio performs 9 standards and 2 original in a laid-back, relaxed and swinging style that has Woodall showing us that you don't have to play a lot of notes to put across your musical message in a very convincing way. All the playing here is first rate, and Lew even gets a chance to give us some of his down-home vocal stylings. Lew Woodall doesn't break any new ground here, but that's really what makes this session so satisfying. It's just pure and simple guitar playing with a lot of soul and feeling straight from the heart! I think you'll both enjoy and remember Lew Woodall. Charlie Perkinson Host of "All That Jazz" and "Jazz Tonight" on WVTF Public Radio Roanoke, Virginia.