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Brent and Randy Mason - Smokin' Section
By: Jim Moulton, CSO Staff Journalist
9/7/08

Brent Mason is one of the most talented guitarists around, plus he is an "A" call Nashville studio musician which means he is in high demand for his talent as a hired gun. Just about any country CD in the ninety's will have his name in the credits. Brent can play anything from chickin pickin country to intricate jazz improvisation. 

Brent's brother Randy is a musician too, also an excellent guitarist (gut strings) and drums. Brad Albin joins them on bass. Paul Hallowell is on piano.

The boys recorded the basic tracks on a 12 track digital recorder. They wrote most of the songs here. The title track "Smokin' Section" is an uptempo swing song with a real jazzy feel. Brent plays jazz as efficiently as Wes Montgomery, and Randy is an excellent drummer.

Most of the tracks have a jazzy or swing feel to them except the last two tracks, which are definitely country twangers, where Brent shows off his hot licks on "Strat Strut" and "I'm Bringin' Home Good News" by Merle Haggard. Put on your boots for these two, they kick.

This is an excellent recording , mastered by Dan Drilling and mixed and produced by Brent and Randy Mason. Brian Wampler helps Brent out with his guitar effects, Brent is now using the prototype of a new compression pedal called  "The Ego Squasher". You can get the CD now from Brent's website or Randy's or Brian Wamplers website. I highly recommend this disc for anyone who likes great guitar playing.

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