CD Review: “3/4 A Lot of the Time, A Tribute to Bill Evans”, December 2010, "Jazz Inside" magazine"
Amplified jazz guitar is at once a common and a unique sound. It's at once universal and particular, with each guitar and
each guitarist. The best jazz guitarists are easily named in the hearing. Add Rob Lanter to that if not one in a million,
at least one in ten unique and special guitarists with a sound all their own. It's a courageous act to present an offering
like Lanter's "3/4 A Lot of the Time, A Tribute to Bill Evans". With Lanter's solo guitar tracks, such as "My Foolish Heart",
"Waltz For Debbie", "Very Early", and "Triste", it's all clear as a bell and wonderfully melodic, whether in lines or chord
melodies. Lanter delivers too as an accompanist to Judy Butterfield whose vocals on "My Romance" and "Where Do You Start" are
a perfect match for Lanter's chording and solos. Yes, a lot of the time jazz guitarists yield to the mundane and mediocre.
Not so with Lanter who not just a lot of the time, but all the time on this recording not only hits his mark but transcends it.
Reviewed by Bob Gish for Jazz Inside magazine
CD Review: “Thank You Joe, A Tribute to Joe Pass”, November 2006, "Just Jazz Guitar magazine"
While attending Berklee College of Music, Rob had the privilege of seeing Joe Pass play. This was a turning point in Rob's musical
focus and gave him direction to continue pursuing solo guitar playing. In the liner notes, Rob mentions that things "came together”
almost overnight for his solo playing (years later). Regardless of when it came together for Rob Lanter, he's got it. Rob covers
9 standards and provides 2 originals on “Thank You Joe”. He has a nice sense of time often starting rubato and moving into time
seamlessly. Rob re-harmonizes the tunes with each pass, adding more harmony or making the harmony more sparse, also adding bass
lines and improv. His sense of space and time are solid and he presents the compositions fully. Improv ideas are tasteful and add
flash to each song. Anyone who plays solo jazz guitar knows what a juggling act it can be to keep a tune fresh, adding different
parts and improvising as you play. Rob does this beautifully. Standards include Stella, God Bless the Child (which Rob also sings
nicely on), Another You, Body and Soul, Miss Jones, Dolphin Dance and Stolen Moments. Amazing Grace and two originals also round
out the disc. Amazing Grace has some nice volume swells, which serve the tune beautifully. Rob's originals are great compositions
in their own rights. Nostalgia in Paradise has a wonderful melody and very rhythmic sense. Deep Down Inside has a nice gospel feel
to it and works great as a solo piece. Rob Lanter has pulled together his solo guitar chops (a skill that many guitarists only
dream about) and preserved his tribute to Joe Pass for us on CD. While we all thank Joe Pass for his influence, thanks go to Rob
Lanter as well for a great CD.
Reviewed by Eric Elias for Just Jazz Guitar magazine
CD Review: “3/4 A Lot if the Time, A Tribute to Bill Evans”, October 2010
I happily listened to your CD with much focus and really enjoyed it. On it's own it is a great program of music, expertly performed and
programmed. From the perspective of guitar artistry I think it is even more fantastic. Your very fine playing on your last CD has been
surpassed by this new effort! The music and performances are very mature, developed, technically impressive, very musical, and most
importantly - extremely heartfelt. Your love of the music, Bill Evans and your colleagues, and your unrestrained joy in playing, shines
through. Thanks so much for sharing your vision with me - it is a very bright light!
Reviewed by Joe Giglio (jazz guitarist, recording artist)